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Friday, 29 August 2014

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Heart of Ulverston - Disabled mother says she’d be ‘lost’ without caring daughter

AN inspirational young girl who looks after her disabled mum every day is up for a Heart of Ulverston Award.

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GRATEFUL Kimberly Barker, of Ulverston, who has nominated her daughter Madeline for Carer of the Year in the Heart of Ulverston Awards JON GRANGER REF: 50049686B003

Nine-year-old Madeline Barker does the jobs her mum, Kimberly, has been prevented from doing since a back injury left her unable to leave the house without the use of a wheelchair.

Miss Barker, of Larch Grove, suffered a collapsed disc in 2011 and has since been diagnosed with type one diabetes.

She praised her “little guardian angel” who has had to learn to check her blood levels and give her insulin injections.

Miss Barker said: “I don’t think I would have coped without her.

“She has taken it all on board and gets on with it with a smile on her face.”

Madeline, who joined St John Ambulance to learn how to better care for her mother, helps her get up in the morning and does most of the housework.

Miss Barker, who is in constant pain following two failed major operations, added: “Without her I would be lost.

“I am so proud of her and can’t thank her enough for being there for me.

“She has done really well – it doesn’t seem to have fazed her.”

To highlight the incredible courage Madeline shows every day, and to thank her for all she does, her mum nominated her for the Carer of the Year Award.

The Heart of Ulverston Awards 2013 are sponsored by Ulverston Victoria High School and proudly supported by Siemens, GlaxoSmithKline, Furness College and the Evening Mail. Nominations close on July 12.

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