So much to be proud about...

As judg­ing for our third Pride of Bucks nears we show­case more of our nom­i­nees hop­ing to win

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - PRIDE OF BUCKS 2015 -

TWO young sis­ters have re­ceived a joint nom­i­na­tion for the Pride of Bucks Young Carer Award, spon­sored by Buck­ing­hamshire Freema­sons.

Scar­let John­son, nine, and Ruby John­son, six, of Fullers Close, Che­sham, have been recog­nised for tak­ing care of their younger sis­ter Am­ber, who was born three months pre­ma­ture.

When Am­ber was born, doc­tors told her fam­ily that she would never even be able to crawl. But Scar­let and Ruby worked with phys­io­ther­a­pists to teach their baby sis­ter how to get around on all fours. They then taught her to walk, through a se­ries of demon­stra­tions and sim­u­la­tions.

Am­ber is now three­years-old and has been walk­ing since Septem­ber 2014, thanks to the pa­tience and per­sis­tence of her two older sis­ters.

The girls’ mother Liane John­son, 33, said: “I am ob­vi­ously in­cred­i­bly proud. They also won the Chiltern Dis­trict Coun­cil’s Young Car­ers Award and we were to­tally bowled over by that.

“It was re­ally nice for them to get some credit for all their ef­fort. But the thing is, they do not see them­selves do­ing any­thing out of the or­di­nary. They just want to help their lit­tle sis­ter to be the best that she can be.”

She added: “They are al­ways ready to help their sis­ter. I re­ally don’t think that Am­ber would have done as well as she has done with­out them. She loves play­ing with her sis­ters and they have an in­cred­i­bly close re­la­tion­ship.”

Mrs John­son takes Am­ber to visit the hos­pi­tal on a regular ba­sis and as a re­sult, she spends a lot of time away from Scar­let and Ruby. But Mrs John­son in­sist that the girls are al­ways em­pa­thetic and un­der­stand­ing.

“When Am­ber was born there was a lot of things we couldn’t do as a fam­ily. I was in the hos­pi­tal a lot and we couldn’t go on hol­i­days or take trips be­cause Am­ber was still on oxy­gen, but the girls never com­plained and they al­ways just wanted to help.”

The per­son who made the nom­i­na­tion, who wishes to re­main anony­mous, said: “They

are determined to do as much as they pos­si­bly can to im­prove the life out­comes for their lit­tle mir­a­cle sis­ter, who con­tin­ues to sur­prise the doc­tors and spe­cial­ists who see her.”

HELP­ING SIS­TERS: Ruby John­son, six, (left) and sis­ter Scar­let, nine, re­ceive awards from Cllr Peter Hud­son and Mimi Harker at Chiltern Dis­trict Coun­cil’s Youth Awards

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