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A TEENAGER has been honoured for devoting his spare time to helping care for a sister with a rare medical condition.

Ryan Skidmore, 14, from Rotherham, has been crowned winner in the national 2012 WellChild Awards. The youngster, who looks after younger sibling Lilly Mae - who suffers from a syndrome which causes low immunity, epilepsy, developmental delay and a string of other health problems - will collect his award at a ceremony in London in September.

Ryan was nominated for the award by family friend Louise Harper, also of Rotherham, who felt he deserved a special treat for helping with feeding and dressing Lilly, along with cooking, bathing, changing and cleaning.

She said: “Ryan helps his parents look after Lilly and even gives his mum time in bed to catch up on sleep and brings breakfast in bed. Ryan will help out so much as he loves his sister so much. He truly deserves recognition for what he does for Lilly.”

Judge Linda Partridge, of WellChild, said: “The panel was moved by the bravery of the children. Ryan truly deserves to be the winner.”