Caring for and supporting family and friends, while dealing with their own difficulties, brought three Worcestershire youngsters in the spotlight at the Tryangle Awards in Worcester, when they stepped up to receive Good Friends and Carers awards from Jonathan Brew (senior partner) and Charlotte Thornton-Smith (head of health and social care) of Harrison Clark Rickerbys.
Aleshia Layton Cooper’s care for her mother who is wheelchair-bound because she has advanced MS won her the award – she was nominated because “she always has a smile on her face and copes amazingly well with the extra responsibilities” – Aleshia, aged 14, from Evesham, makes sure the housework is done, meals are made and her mum’s care needs are met.
She was joined on stage by 17 year old Edward Edkins, also from Evesham, who helps to care for his younger brother who has multiple disabilities – he himself has been diagnosed with Asperger’s. As well as helping his brother, he supports other young carers in the county and also attends college.
Having additional needs herself has not deterred the third recipient, Alisha Jeffcoat, aged 18, from Worcester, doing all she can to support her mum after they lost her sister Chantelle to congenital myotonic dystrophy (CMD). After her sister’s death, she set out to raise money for research into the disease, using social media to encourage people to take part.
The awards were managed and delivered by Worcestershire youth charity, Young Solutions, which is based in Droitwich.
The firm sponsored the awards category through its own charitable trust – Jonathan said afterwards: “It was a marvellous evening –we were very happy to be able to support the young people in this way. The fact that the awards acknowledge the effort they make to overcome difficulties in their own lives to help others makes this a really inspiring event.”
Harrison Clark Rickerbys has 420 staff and partners based at offices in Worcester, Hereford, Cheltenham, the Wye Valley, Birmingham and the Thames Valley, who provide a complete spectrum of legal services to both business and private clients, regionally and nationwide. The firm also has a number of highly successful teams specialising in individual market sectors, including health and social care, education, agricultural and rural affairs, defence, security and the forces, advanced manufacturing and construction.