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Leverington carer scoops award

A 16-year-old family carer from Leverington has been named Young Carer of the Year in the first-ever Pride in Our Carers Awards 2016 in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

Margaret Woodward, who suffers from learning disabilities herself, cares for two older brothers, Jacob, 19, who has epilepsy, and Nelson, 20, who has behavioural problems.

Her duties include helping them to get dressed, preparing meals and keeping an eye on them between her day at school and visits in the morning and evening from carer support workers. She also provides emotional support to her father, Tom.

Margaret, who was presented with her award on June 7, met Jane Hawking, former wife of Professor Stephen Hawking, at the event. The teenager said: “I’m so happy to have won!”

She was nominated by Christina Hodgins, a children’s disabilities social worker, who said caring has become second nature to Margaret. She is always ready with a smile and never complains about her role as a family carer.

Christina said: “I nominated Margaret because she does such a wonderful job. Even when I tell her she mustn’t do all these things, she can’t not. She tries so hard to please everybody. She is a very deserving winner.

The judges said: “Although Margaret has never had a female role model, she acts beyond her years and provides much more for the family, despite her own needs.”

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