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Stoke: caring sisters with national award

Two sisters, who are members of The Boys’ Brigade & Girls’ Association, have been presented with one of the organisation’s most coveted accolades at a ceremony at the House of Commons last week ...

Two sisters, who are members of The Boys’ Brigade & Girls’ Association, have been presented with one of the organisation’s most coveted accolades at a ceremony at the House of Commons last week ...

Niaomi (12) and Molly (9) Owen from Sneyd Green, Stoke-on-Trent,  who are members of the 1st Hanley  Group, were named as the winners of the 2015 Make a Difference Award for England.

The sisters were presented with their award in the apartments of the Rt Hon John Bercow MP, Speaker of the House of Commons, at a special ceremony attended by many MPs, national figures and BB members.

The Make a Difference Award was established in 2009 and is a UK-wide award which recognises and celebrates the achievement of a BB young person who has gone above and beyond to help others.

Niaomi and Molly help their parents look after their brother Bradley (7) who has been diagnosed with Global Developmental Delay. The girls help their brother in a variety of ways, such as playing games, reading and even helping with his homework.
 
Niaomi said: “When we found out we had won the award we were really surprised and happy. Our Group only started eight months ago and we never would have thought we would be receive such an award.”
 
1st Hanley, based in All Saints Church, Hanley Joiners Square, Stoke-on-Trent, was set up by Boys’ Brigade Development Worker, Neil Keighery, in January 2015. Although not exclusively supporting young carers, the group’s primary aim is providing a happy and enjoyable place for 6 to 14-year-olds “to be themselves”; the young carers look after or care for a family member suffering from a range of illnesses and conditions and often, their own childhood activities are put to one side in favour of caring.
 
Andrew Johnston, CEO of The Boys’ Brigade, said: “Congratulations to Niaomi and Molly. We are exceptionally proud of them. Like so many BB young people, they go above and beyond to help others, not least in their own family.

The Boys’ Brigade aims to make a difference in the lives of young people, like Niaomi and Molly, who give so much to help others. These two young people are an inspiration and thoroughly deserve this recognition.”

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