Caring Kirkby teenager is nominated in Nottinghamshire County Council’s 4uth Award scheme

Mark Miles 14, carer and Sarah Miles 15, carer and fundraiser, from Kirkby. Sarah Nominated for NCC Award.
Mark Miles 14, carer and Sarah Miles 15, carer and fundraiser, from Kirkby. Sarah Nominated for NCC Award.
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A Kirkby teenager, who along with her brother has been a full-time carer for both of her parents, says she is ‘excited’ about being nominated for an award.

Sarah Miles has been nominated in the Ashfield category of Nottinghamshire County Council’s 4uth award scheme, which celebrates the outstanding contributions made by young people in the county.

The 15-year-old, who is a student at Ashfield School, looks after her mum and she shares her caring responsibilities with her 14-year-old brother Mark.

She said: “My mum has got arthritis which makes it hard for her.”

Sarah gets up at 6am every day to check on her mum, help her to get dressed and get her food ready for her.

The siblings also looked after both of their parents when their dad was diagnosed with bone cancer. They cared for both him and their mum throughout his illness but they sadly lost him in September 2011.

Not only does Sarah dedicate herself to looking after her family, she also helps out in the wider community and has organised a host of fundraising events for John Eastwood Hospice and MacMillan Cancer Support.

Said Sarah: “When we hear about anything locally we make cakes and have a stall.”

Sarah, who volunteers for the Ashwood Centre in Kirkby was nominated for the award by Rachel Atchinson, who is project co-ordinator at the centre.

In her statement she described the many things that Sarah does to help others, including helping to clear snow from the driveway for a neighbour who had suffered a stroke.

Describing how she felt when she heard she had been nominated for the award, Sarah said: “I was really excited.”

The winner of the awards will be announced at a prestigious ceremony at county hall on 1st November.