CARING Lauren Scanlan is proving a lifeline to her grieving family after her mum died of breast cancer.
The brave 11-year-old, of Base Green, Sheffield, lost Carol, aged 46, on March 10 after a three-year battle with the disease.
But, despite her grief, she is giving vital love and support to sister Hannah, aged 18, and her aunts Pamela Lawton and Lorraine Seville.
They have nominated Lauren for the special award in The Star Superkids 2012, which recognises brave, inspirational and talented youngsters.
Pamela, of Charnock Hall Road, Gleadless, said: “Lauren has sadly just lost her lovely mum, my younger sister Carol, to breast cancer.
“She was a constant support to her mum before she died, alongside Hannah, and she always manages to keep smiling and putting everyone else’s needs before her own.
“The past few weeks have been awful, but Lauren is a brilliant girl and I think she needs some recognition.
“Through what all of us have been through, she has been a great support, she supported her mum and now she is supporting us.
“She’s always asking us if we are okay.”
When Carol was diagnosed with cancer, Lauren made greetings cards to raise money for Cancer Research UK in her spare time.
She has also taken part in Race for Life events for the last two years with her family.
Lauren, a pupil at Charnock Hall Primary School, is also excelling in lessons.
Pamela said: “Lauren is also doing incredibly well at her school, despite having to go through the bereavement of losing her mum only a short time ago.
“She was awarded ‘pupil of the week’ by her teacher not so long ago and is excelling in her reading and writing abilities.
“We would like Lauren to gain some recognition for her courage and bravery throughout this difficult time for our family.
“We are so proud of her and we love both Lauren and her sister Hannah very much.”
n Do you know a youngster who deserves recognition? There’s still time to nominate them for Superkids.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org with the name of nominee, nominator and contact details with a brief description, under 100 words, of why they should be a Superkid, by Friday, April 20, or write to Superkids, Promotions Department, York Street, Sheffield S1 1PU.