BROTHERS Lewis and Owen Walker have both earned The Observer’s Outstanding Young Person of the Month Award for April.
The pair of Silverdale School pupils were nominated by their headteacher.
Lewis, 10, was diagnosed with Type one Diabetes last year and his seven-year-old brother has played a huge part in helping him cope with his condition.
Owen has learnt what to do if his brother becomes hypoglycaemic (low blood sugar) which can be life-threatening. He has also helped look after the family’s puppy Hetti, a self-trained diabetic alert dog.
The Outstanding Young Person of the Month Award is sponsored by the Hastings Observer Series and Sussex Coast College Hastings.
Each month, the award is presented to someone aged 18 and under who has excelled in sport, academic studies, or has performed an important role on a voluntary basis in their home or the wider community.
Their mum, Claire Brown said: “Despite the radical changes to Lewis’ life, he continues with everything he has always done. Owen goes the extra mile to make his brother feel comfortable and even has his own blood glucose meter so that they can test their blood together.”
Justin Rollings, head of marketing at Sussex Coast College, said: “The brothers provide exceptional support to each other and are an example to other youngsters.”
As part of their award, the boys will win a complimentary meal for two and £100 for their school fund. To nominate someone for the Outstanding Young Person Award email firstname.lastname@example.org with details of who you are nominating and the reasons why. Type 1 Diabetes affects over 20,000 children in the UK and occurs when the body’s immune system attacks and destroys cells in the pancreas. Sufferers must take insulin in order to stay alive.
This means undergoing multiple injections daily, or having insulin delivered through an insulin pump, and testing their blood sugar.