Shan­non will be a fan­tas­tic adult

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - PRIDE OF BUCKS 2015 -

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.”

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