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Young carers – we need you!

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: April 23, 2014

09/06/13 Children of courage awards Burton Mail children of courage awards, Pirelli Stadium..Carer award..Norman Carpenter - Bretby rotary club / Jessica Pearson

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CALLING young carers – we need you to come forward for our Children of Courage and Achievement Awards.

The Mail is still on the hunt for nominations in the carer category, and we need people of all ages to enter the awards.

Whether you are a young carer yourself, or you know someone who gives up their time to look after a friend or family member, we would love to be able to recognise the great contribution which young carers make.

Jessica Pearson, who was voted as the top carer in last year’s Children of Courage Awards, was nominated for looking after her sister Lauren, who suffered a brain tumour three years ago.

Jessica, who lives in Yoxall, deferred her place at university to stay at home and look after Lauren, and also helped her with day-to-day tasks at John Taylor High School.

One of this year’s nominations, 11-year-old Kaitlyn Bannister, looks after her mother, who suffers with a degenerative spinal condition.

“She does everything for me. She’s absolutely fantastic. I don’t know what I would do without her,” her mum, Lindsey, told the Mail.

There are two age categories in the competition – under 11, and 11-17.

Burton Mail editor Kevin Booth said: “Young carers may not consider that they do anything out of the ordinary when they are looking after their mum or dad, or helping a friend at school, but they are doing something really very special, and we think that needs to be recognised.”

For the purposes of these awards, a carer is classed as an individual who has dedicated their time and energy to the care of another, aiding them in day-to-day tasks and ensuring they are well looked-after.

All the children who are nominated will be featured in a supplement due to be published in the Mail next month.

The public can then vote on the youngsters who they think are the most deserving.

The winners of all categories will be announced in an awards ceremony at the Pirelli Stadium on June 21.

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