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Annabel just takes caring for her brother in her stride
A YOUNG girl has been nominated for a Pride of Bucks Young Carer Award, sponsored by Beaconsfield Freemasons, after helping her family look after her disabled younger brother.
Nine-year-old Annabel Andrews, of Fernhurst Close, Beaconsfield, has a younger brother, Caiden, who was born with a rare debilitating condition.
Caiden’s condition is so severe he is unable to communicate, often has seizures and has been in and out of hospital since birth.
It means Annabel misses out on things that young people like to do such as family holidays and having friends round to play.
But according to her mother, Melissa Andrews, Annabel has never complained and is always willing to look after her brother. Miss Andrews said: “Annabel said when she grows up she wants to look after her brother.”
When asked about the nomination Miss Andrews, said: “It’s amazing. It’s really lovely for her to be able to be nominated for such things because people don’t realise having a child with disabilities is hard for parents but it’s also hard for siblings.”
She added: “She kind of just takes it all in her stride. She’s amazing. I think from now it’s become our normality. It’s hard for her.”
Her mother said that Annabel adores her little brother. “It’s amazing,” she said. “She’s so smitten with him.”
Miss Andrews added: “She’s always offering to look after him and help him.”
And her mother said that Annabel would be “over the moon” with the nomination.
She said: “The past four or five years have been hard. Her little brother has been in and out of hospital and she does get a big brunt of it all.”
She added: “I know when she got the Chairman’s Special Award at the South Bucks District Council Chairman’s Community and Volunteering Awards, she got so excited about it.
“It was all around her for once, which we know doesn’t happen often so it was amazing.”