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Kind hearted young carer is an inspiration
4:00pm Friday 18th October 2013 in News
A KIND-HEARTED young carer was heralded as an ‘inspiration’ after learning to juggle her school and social life while caring for her mum.
Nicole Heimes, from Padgate, supports her mum on a daily basis and has learnt to deal with the struggles that go hand in hand with a parent who has a mental health condition.
But, despite this, the 12-year-old always has a smile on her face, no matter what life throws at her.
Nicole’s mum, Kim said: “I couldn’t be prouder of her. She always feels as if she isn’t doing enough but she always goes above and beyond what is expected.”
The Birchwood High School pupil takes on a level of responsibility usually associated with an adult and often puts her mum’s needs before her own.
But, for Nicole, making sure her mum is happy is what’s important to her and she never sees it as a chore.
Nicole said: “I have been caring for my mum for about four years and I spend a lot of the time cheering her up when she is upset.
“I try and make her laugh by telling her jokes, which sometimes aren’t even funny. I don’t mind doing it.”
Nicole spends each day making sure her mum is supported and cared for and now shares her experiences with other youngsters through the Warrington young carers service, WIRED.
Nicole, who was shortlisted for a young carer award at the Warrington Guardian Inspiration Awards, said: “It was my old family support worker who suggested I go to WIRED and I’m glad I did. I like chatting to people who are going through the same thing as me.
“I don’t mind helping my mum out - we’ve always been very close - but going to the club is like a support group for me.”
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