Shannon will be a fantastic adult
A CARING teenager who looks after her severely disabled younger sister and sick father has been nominated for a Pride of Bucks award.
Shannon Louise Twohigg, 14, of Narcot Road, Chalfont St Giles, has been nominated for the Young Carer of the Year award, sponsored by Beaconsfield Freemasons, by her mother Tracie.
Shannon has been nominated for helping her mother care for her sister Cassie, who has Rett Syndrome and is dependent 24/7 for all her needs, as well as her father Mike who also has a variety of health problems.
Her mum said: “Shannon deserves to be nominated for the Young Carer of the Year category. Shannon’s life was turned upside down when she was five, because her little sister who had learned to walk and talk showed regressive signs and started to lose previously learned skills. Along with a diagnosis, we discovered we could not continue to live where we did and had to move, this meant leaving her school and friends behind and starting all over again.
“Shannon is an amazing daughter and sister who helps to organise a Christmas party for children with Rett Syndrome. She also helps look after siblings of children with this condition when there is a Rett Syndrome regional family day.
“Shannon is a teenager who shows empathy with her peers and I have no doubt will turn into a fantastic adult as her life experiences have helped shape her into something special.”