Jug­gling study while car­ing for mum and sis­ter

Stu­dent praised at awards for car­ers

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

A Brunel Univer­sity stu­dent was among 48 un­paid car­ers in the bor­ough praised by Hilling­don Coun­cil, for their com­pas­sion and hard work.

Ahmed Sid­diqui, who was nom­i­nated in the Young Adult Carer aged 18 to 25 cat­e­gory, as he cares for both his sis­ter and his mum, Hu­maira, whilst study­ing for his de­gree.

Hu­maira says the whole fam­ily can­not imag­ine sur­viv­ing with­out his help, “It’s like he holds us all to­gether”, she said.

Ahmed has his own health con­cerns but de­spite this he has been in­volved with Hilling­don Youth Coun­cil and was an Olympic 2012 Games Maker.

Hu­maira added: “I haven’t been able to give him much these past years since my ill­ness but I would very much like for him to know my ap­pre­ci­a­tion through this award.”

Hilling­don staged the Tues­day Coun­cil event on May 10 recog­nis­ing the time, en­ergy, skills, com­pas­sion and hard work of the bor­ough’s un­paid car­ers.

The Mayor of Hilling­don at the time, Cllr Ge­orge Cooper, opened the event at Uxbridge Civic Cen­tre, com­mend­ing those who at­tended.

Hilling­don Coun­cil leader, Cllr Ray Pud­di­foot, said: “It’s likely that ev­ery one of us will have a car­ing re­spon­si­bil­ity at some time in our lives, with the chal­lenges faced by car­ers tak­ing many forms.

“Many car­ers don’t see them­selves as car­ers and jug­gle their car­ing re­spon­si­bil­i­ties with work, study and other fam­ily com­mit­ments.

“We want to en­able our res­i­dents to recog­nise and iden­tify their role as a carer, so they know where to ac­cess sup­port.

“We ex­tend our thanks and ad­mi­ra­tion to all our car­ers, those who are known to us and those that aren’t.

“We are con­fi­dent that through the Car­ers’ Strat­egy and projects such as this recog­ni­tion scheme, we will con­tinue to bring im­prove­ments to the health and well­be­ing of all car­ers liv­ing and car­ing in the Lon­don Bor­ough of Hilling­don.”

Cllr Philip Corthorne, cab­i­net mem­ber for so­cial ser­vices, health and hous­ing, Cllr David Sim­monds, deputy leader of the coun­cil and cab­i­net mem­ber for ed­u­ca­tion and chil­dren’s ser­vices and Cllr Becky Hag­gar, car­ers’ champion, read short bi­ogra­phies ex­plain­ing the work of the 48 nom­i­nees as they came to the front of the room to re­ceive their cer­tifi­cates and a yel­low ger­bera flower.

Those in the younger cat­e­gories, five to 17 and 18 to 25, were all pre­sented with £30 Chimes vouchers and choco­lates, spon­sored by Lloyd’s Bank. the right

It’s like he holds us all to­gether, I would very much like him to know my ap­pre­ci­a­tion

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