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Costessey carer among the winners at award ceremony in Norwich

by Emma Knights
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
7:00 AM

A Costessey teenage carer who looks after his mum while also studying for his A-levels was among the young people honoured at an awards ceremony in Norwich.

Saul Watson, 17 and from Valley Road, won the education category of the Bernard Matthews Youth Awards held at OPEN last night and which were presented by Blue Peter presenter Helen Skelton.

Helen said she was honoured to share the stage with the incredible and inspiring young people at the awards, and said she was absolutely blown away by the talent of the performers from The Garage in Norwich who entertained the audience with beat boxing, street dancing and more.

Saul, who goes to Ormiston Victory Academy, impressed the judges by his dedication to helping his mum Linda, who suffered a stroke in April 2002, and his determination to pursue his dreams of studying aeronautical engineering at university.

Carers of disabled lose respite due to lack of funding

Carers of disabled lose respite due to lack of funding

The mother of a disabled teenager has hit out a decision to stop funding to an out of school club in the Magherafelt area. She claims the service is a lifeline for parents who are often at breaking point. The money for the club comes from the Office of the First and Deputy First Minister and costs around eighty thousand pounds a year. The Barnardo’s charity says it’s one of seven projects for children being cut this year. Julie McCullough reports.


Carers desperate that respite could be taken away

Carers desperate that respite could be taken away

By nadia stone nadia.stone@glosmedia.co.uk

DESPERATE carers who look after disabled children are devastated their only respite could be cruelly snatched away.

Tanya Cook cares for her 16-year-old son Jack who has a condition called tuberous sclerosis.

This means he has tumours in his brain, heart, eyes, and kidneys, as well as uncontrolled epilepsy and autism.

She has to help dress, shower and toilet him, as well as checking on him throughout the night because he frequently has seizures.

Herself unwell, the Quedgeley mum is “so exhausted” that she relies on The Meadows, in Dudbridge, Stroud, a home where Jack stays one night a week, to give her one night of rest each week.