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Barnsley Lad Voted Most Caring Young Person Of 2012

Wednesday September 12 2012


The Skidmore Family and Prince Harry The Skidmore Family and Prince Harry


A BARNSLEY lad has been given a prestigious award after being named the most caring young person in the UK.

Ryan James Skidmore, 14, of Bolton on Dearne went to a glitzy party for the Wellchild's award ceremony - meeting royalty like Prince Harry and other celebrities.

He was nominated by a family friend for the help he offers his sister Lilly Mae, who has a long term illness.

A spokesman for Wellchild said: "Ryan has a little sister Lilly Mae who has a rare syndrome which has left her with a host of serious health problems.

"Ryan helps his parents look after Lilly and even gives his mum time in bed to catch up on sleep, bringing her breakfast in bed.

"Ryan always sticks up for his little sister and does his best to support her. His mum has painful hip problems which mean she is sometimes confined to bed. Ryan will help out as much as he can as he loves his sister so much."

Mum Vikky added: "It was so wonderful that Ryan was recognised for all he does that's above and far beyond what other children his age would do. He is fantastic.

"He doesn't ever moan when he is passed from pillar to post, it must be so hard on him but he just smiles and helps.

"He'll tell me to rest and brings me cups of tea and this is after getting up 7 days a week to do a paper round so he can have a little money as we've none. But he ends up buying us all treats with it."

On Sunday, September 16 the family will be taking part in the Bluebell Wood Big Wellie Walk around Clumber Park to raise money.

If you'd like to support them, you can donate here.



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Reply Posted by gail milner on Wednesday September 12 2012 at 16:46
Well done Ryan! It was a pleasure to read all about you and your family, they must be very proud of you!

Reply Posted by Sarah on Wednesday September 12 2012 at 18:14
Well done Ryan, its nice to know there are decent young people out there, your are a credit to your family.

Reply Posted by donna dawson on Wednesday September 12 2012 at 19:53
Well done Ryan proud of you your a credit to yourself

Reply Posted by donna dawson on Wednesday September 12 2012 at 19:53
Well done Ryan proud of you your a credit to yourself

Reply Posted by Louise Harper on Thursday September 13 2012 at 07:42
I Nominated Ryan because he isnt like any other 14 year old. He cares so much for Lilly and wants to make life a bit easier for her and his parents. If he can take a little of the burdon away, his parents can get housework done etc.
I have known the Skidmores for 4 years and in that time i have got to know how differnent Ryan is from other lads his age.
He is a true credit to his family and i hope other children who also has a disabled sibling can take a leaf out of his book and help more at home with caring. Well Deserved Ryan -

Reply Posted by Cynth Everett on Thursday September 13 2012 at 14:11
Awww thats lovely......He should be all over the front of the papers and every where possible to get the regognition he so deserves. Some GOOD NEWS for a change. Well done Ryan.....be nice If you could have a nice holiday and chill out a bit. Shame there's not a few more with just a an ounce of Ryans generousity an love........too many get too much given to them on a plate and expect that's what the world owes them. He Is a gift from heaven .............xx

Reply Posted by vikky on Thursday September 13 2012 at 20:10
Bless you Cynth what a beautiful comment thankyou Ryan is my son were super proud of him and how hard he works he even does a paper round 7 days a week from 6am as well as helping us so he can have a few treats he is just so selfless and we can never treat him to say thankyou so it was just amazing we had such a wonderful night away and for him to be treat so well he deserved it and its helped boost him he sure is a gift from heaven my hero xxxx