Ex­cep­tional Anna awarded

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Family Announcements -

STO­RIES of courage in the face of ad­ver­sity brought tears to many in the au­di­ence at an awards cer­e­mony. Sky News’s Char­lotte Hawkins hosted the cer­e­mony for the fifth Ward & Part­ners Chil­dren’s An­nual Awards at the Ra­mada Ho­tel and Re­sort, Holling­bourne, near Maid­stone, on Fri­day. Among the three win­ners in the Ex­cep­tional Carer Awards cat­e­gory was Anna Con­sta­ble, 10, from Folke­stone who copes with far more than most young chil­dren of her age. Anna helps care for her par­ents and younger sis­ter June, who all have mi­nor learn­ing dif­fi­cul­ties, as well her brother Shane, seven, who is se­verely autis­tic. Her mother, Sharmaine Con­sta­ble said: “She’s great around the house. She does things like help­ing to get Shane’s bath ready and chang­ing June’s nap­pies. “We’re re­ally proud of her.” Af­ter prizes were pre­sented in a va­ri­ety of dif­fer­ent cat­e­gories, guests were treated to a mov­ing per­for­mance by young peo­ple from the Royal School for Deaf Chil­dren in Mar­gate.

From left, KM Group’s Kevin Barry, Anna Con­sta­ble, her par­ents Sharmaine and Derek, and Char­lotte Hawkins from Sky News Pic­ture Matthew Walker

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