A pupil from St John the Baptist Primary School in Spalding has been nominated for the Young Carer of the Year award, sponsored by Calthrops Solicitors, at the South Holland Health awards (see story below).
Tia White helps care for her dad Jake, who has locked-in syndrome, which leaves him with very little movement and unable to speak.
Young Tia helps her dad with communication by reading his facial expressions really well and by operating his iPad so he can spell out words and hold conversations.
As her dad has very little movement, Tia is vigilant in noticing things such as when his eyes or mouth need wiping.
She will also put his hand splints back on if they become dislodged, help move his head if he has pain there and unfold his ears if he leans on them – all of which adds to his general comfort and pyschological wellbeing.
Tia also helps in his daily hand and foot massages and she is enjoying learning techniques on how to push old blood out of his toes and fingers to allow fresh, oxygenated blood into the veins.
She also helps to set up and administer her dad’s nebuliser. Tia is happy to help her dad and mum Karen whenever she can and constantly encourages her dad to push forward, which helps him pyschologically.
Pupil mentor Karen Buckley, who nominated her, said: “Tia is a lovely girl. She is a loving, caring young lady and I know her parents are proud to call her their daughter.
“Within school we are all very proud of Tia. The way she copes with all the worries and stresses she has to cope with is an example to us all.
“I am very proud to nominate Tia.”
• The first South Holland Health Promotion Day will be held in Spalding next month.
This free to the public event will be at the South Holland Centre on Saturday, June 4, from 10am to 4pm and feature a wide range of information stands, stalls and talks from local healthcare providers.
It will also see the presentation ceremony for the first South Holland Health Awards.
The event is being organised by Tonic Health, in association with South Holland District Council, South Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group and the Lincolnshire Free Press and Spalding Guardian.
Tonic Health director Michael Morris wanted to create an event which would highlight and celebrate the healthcare provision available to people of South Holland.
The area boasts some fantastic opportunities, support and provision, through the NHS, independent agencies and voluntary organisations, but members of the public are still not necessarily aware of what is on their doorstep.
The Health Promotion Day will feature stands supplied by a range of local healthcare groups offering attendees advice, guidance, support and information.
There will be a variety of health experts providing 30-minute talks throughout the day on a wide variety of health-related issues.
The day will culminate in the Health Awards ceremony, which will start at 3pm. There are four categories:
• Young Carer of the Year;
• Volunteer in healthcare;
• Bravery in the face of adversity;
• Services to sport/exercise.
Public nominations for worthy candidates can be made through filling in the form on this page or via email.
A judging panel will decide on a final three for each category before the event, with the winners being announced on the day.
The whole event is free to attend. The function hall will be the home for the stalls and the Health Awards ceremony, with talks being held in the meeting rooms.
For more public information about the day, please visit www.tonic-health.co.uk
If you are an organisation requiring a stand, please contact Sam at Tonic Health on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01775 725059.
To nominate someone, fill in the form in each week’s Lincoln shire Free Press or Spalding Guardian and send it to HEALTH AWARDS, Free Press and Guardian, Priory House, The Crescent, Spalding PE11 1AB.
Or email email@example.com with the name of the nominee, the category you are nominating them in and some words explaining why you think they deserve the award.
Please also enter your own name, address and telephone number.