So much to be proud about...
As judging for our third Pride of Bucks nears we showcase more of our nominees hoping to win
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