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.