Molly Mackinnon, Year 9, was recently nominated, and won, the Young Carer category of the Isle of Wight Radio’s Child of Wight Award. Her grandad, who nominated her, said that ‘she is his little ray of sunshine’.
He goes on to explain “At the age of 9 she became a sister to Sophie who was born prematurely with many difficulties including cerebral palsy, and severe brain damage. Sophie is now 4 and has undergone many brain operations. Molly is now 14 years old and has been an amazing power of strength to the whole family, whilst Sophie has been back and forth to Southampton Hospital with her parents. Molly is described as a born carer wanting to learn how to help her sister. This includes her feeding tubes, her medication and giving Sophie her nebuliser, even going along with Sophie during her treatment at a London clinic to understand the specialist care that she needs.
She has also given up her own time to train with St John Ambulance and going on events to help the public. She is also a model student. Grandad said ‘She is very positive, supportive and selfless and he wishes he could give the full picture yet feels that this is only the tip of the Iceberg’.”
Mr Hine, our first aider, and Area Manager at St John Ambulance, said “I am so pleased that she won the Young Carers award which she truly deserves. I am proud to say that Molly is not only a student at Ryde Academy but also a volunteer within St John Ambulance and hope that this amazing young lady can inspire more young people to follow in her foot steps and become the person that makes a difference to someone in their lives or local community.”