When Armaan met the Prince

When Armaan met the Prince

A SELFLESS Dewsbury youngster came face to face with Prince Harry as he collected a prestigious award.

Nine-year-old Armaan Aslam was announced as a winner at the 2016 Wellchild Awards, which recognised the work he has done caring for older brothers with muscular dystrophy.

One of them, Arslan, died last year aged 16 and his elder brother Hassan, 24, is in the latter stages of the disease.

Armaan travelled to London this week for the award ceremony at the Dorchester Hotel, where Prince Harry spoke to the winners.

The prince said: “This is my ninth WellChild awards and each year... I am profoundly moved by the people I have met and the stories they have shared with me.

“It is one of those moments in life when you are left in awe at the strength of human character, particularly amongst those so young.

“Watching these children and young people face challenges with such determination, positivity and good humour, never fails to take my breath away.”

Also in attendance at the star-studded event were Sir Rod Stewart and his son Alastair, Ashley Banjo and Perri Kiely from Diversity, Olympic swimmer Mark Foster and Ollie Locke and Spencer Matthews from the TV show, Made in Chelsea.

Armaan has learned how to use the medical machinery needed to support Hassan and will sit with him for hours entertaining him, helping with his daily needs, such as feeding, and cheering him up when he’s feeling unwell.

He also helps his mother look after the house and his younger sister Nadia, and visits Arslan’s grave every week to tend it.

Social worker Rebecca Crossland, who nominated Armaan for the award, said: “Armaan willingly devotes his time to helping his family at home as well as working hard at school.

“Everyone who meets him comments on what a delightful, happy little boy he is, with a constant smile.

“He really deserves the recognition of winning a WellChild Award.”

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