Kelsey Fordyce Recognised At Young Carers Awards
Year 8 student Kelsey Fordyce was nominated by her mum Lisa for the Northampton Carers Awards.
Yesterday (January 25th) at a prestigious ceremony at Rushton Hall Kelsey received a high commendation for the care she gives to her four-year-old sister Lexie, who has quadriplegic cerebral palsy and is unable to walk.
Mrs Fordyce, said: “Kelsey is dedicated to her sister and helps every day with Lexie’s care needs – feeding, bathing, carrying. The list is endless and she never complains.
“Lexie’s nurse sent me an email about the Carers Awards and I decided to put Kelsey forward because she helps with everything. I didn’t tell her she was nominated, I wanted it to be a surprise. But I wanted her to know how much I appreciate her.
“She is so dedicated to helping with Lexie’s exercises. She makes me proud every day.”
Kelsey is involved with Northamptonshire Young Carers, which puts young people who look after a family member in touch with others.
She has been instrumental in current fundraising to raise £40,000 to send her sister to America for revolutionary treatment.
Since May a massive £30,000 has been raised by friends of the family and the Corby community.
Kelsey said: “I have helped with the posters and have labelled up collection tins.
“We have been overwhelmed by the support from people who have raised money to hopefully help Lexie receive treatment.”
Photo from Northants Evening Telegraph