Caring Hartlepool lad Max is up for award for helping brother deal with epilepsy

Max Kemp, Mo Khan, Roxanne Boagey, Suzanne Sotheran, Reena Kemp, Jacqui Gettings and Angela Hanlon.
Max Kemp, Mo Khan, Roxanne Boagey, Suzanne Sotheran, Reena Kemp, Jacqui Gettings and Angela Hanlon.

A schoolboy who provides vital care and support to his epileptic brother has been short-listed for a regional award.

Max Kemp, a Year 7 pupil at St Hild’s Church of England School in Hartlepool, has been shortlisted in the Young Carer category of the Youth Focus: North East PoSBO (Positive Social Behaviour Order) Awards 2015.

The awards aim to celebrate young people across the region and winners will be announced at a ceremony in Gateshead on December 10.

Max, 11, was nominated by his school in recognition of his unwavering support for his 17-year-old brother Jak, a student at Cleveland College of Art and Design.

Jak gets no warning of epileptic seizures and can suffer two a day. They often leave him temporarily paralysed and unable to speak.

Young Max now keeps a constant eye on his brother and ensures he has taken his medication. He also knows how to put him in the recovery position in the event of a seizure.

Proud mum, Reena Kemp, from the Bishop Cuthbert area, said: “He spends as much time as he can with Jak and constantly looks out for him.

“We are so proud of Max for the way he has responded to such a difficult situation.”

Suzanne Sotheran, Head of Year 7 at St Hild’s, said: “He manages to maintain his own education and goes around school with a constant smile on his face despite all that is going on. The nomination is well deserved.”

Mrs Kemp praised charities, Epilepsy Outlook and Hartlepool Young Carers, for their on-going support of Jak, Max and the rest of the family.