STAR SUPERKIDS: Sheffield great-gran praises super young carers

Carol Lowther with grand kids monique Carnall and Tyreece Brook
Carol Lowther with grand kids monique Carnall and Tyreece Brook
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DISABLED Carol Lowther does not know what she would do without her little heroes.

For her great-grandchildren Monique Carnall, aged 11, and her nine-year-old brother Tyreece Brook, are a lifeline to the Parson Cross resident, who has arthritis, joint and mobility problems.

Monique even called an ambulance when Carol had a second stroke last year and made sure the 67-year-old got to hospital as quickly as possible.

Now widow Carol, of Southey Close, is hoping to repay the pair by nominating them for The Star Superkids awards 2012 – which recognise brave, inspirational and talented youngsters.

She said: “Monique found me when I had a stroke last year and collapsed in the kitchen.

“She called 999 straight away and knew just what to do. I don’t know what would have happened without them being there.

“Both Monique and her brother are a real lifeline.

“I’ve been a widow for 26 years, so they’ll do anything for me.

“If I need the windows washing they’ll say ‘we’ll help you nan’. They do all sorts.

“After the stroke I have mobility problems and balance problems so they are such a help.

“Monique had to come and lift me out of the bath when I couldn’t get out recently. She’s only 11 and she managed to do it.”

Monique and Tyreece, pupils at Mansel Primary School in Parson Cross, have been staying with Carol for a while as their mum Terri Carnall, 26, is ill.

Great-grandmother Carol says her ‘mini carers’ deserve a Superkids award for their support.

She said: “I used to look after them and now it is the other way around.

“They are also brilliant children and good company. They love doing things for people.

“Their good deeds deserve recognition.”

n There is still time to enter your Superkids for the awards.

Email with the name of nominee, nominator and contact details with a brief description of why they should be a Superkid, or write to Superkids, Promotions Department, York Street, Sheffield S1 1PU. The deadline for entries is Friday.

SUPERKIDS is in its 16th year – and we need readers’ help to make it the best.

Do you know a child or teenager who has overcome adversity, shown exceptional talent or made sacrifices?

If so the awards, which culminate in a glittering ceremony in May and have Frankie & Benny’s as the main sponsor, could be the perfect place to recognise them.

The categories are:

n Sports Award – Recognises outstanding achievement in a sporting field through skill or determination;

n Bravery Award – Honours a child who has shown exceptional bravery by overcoming great odds or being courageous through trauma;

n Young Citizen of the Year – Rewards those who make a difference in the community and inspire others;

n Fundraiser of the Year – A salute to a person or group that has helped a cause through their commitment;

n Educational Progress Award – Success in the education system is recognised in this category;

n Supporting the Family – For a child or children who support relatives in times of need;

n Special Award – To recognise an inspiring youngster whose achievements do not fit into other categories;

n The Environment Award – Entrants in this category must show how they help the environment at school, home, or elsewhere;

n Triumph Over Adversity Award – Plaudit for a child who has overcome extreme adversity with strength;

n Music & Performing Arts Award – Highlights great ability in music or performing arts.