Royal date for great little carer Armaan

Royal date for great little carer Armaan

A NINE-year-old Dewsbury boy is set to meet Prince Harry after winning a prestigious award. 

Armaan Aslam will collect the 2016 WellChild Award in London next month after he was recognised for his selfless work caring for his older brothers.

Both of Armaan’s older brothers had the degenerative condition Duchenne’s Muscular Dystrophy, which requires an intensive care regime.

Sadly in 2015 Arslan died at the age of 16 and 24-year-old Hassan is currently in the latter stages of the disease.

Armaan has learnt how to use the medical machinery needed to support Hassan and sits with him for hours on end to entertain him, help with his daily needs, such as feeding, and cheer him up when he is feeling unwell.

Armaan also helps his mother look after the house and his younger sister, Nadia.

The caring youngster also finds time to fundraise for a number of local charities.

He will collect his award at a ceremony at the Dorchester Hotel in London on October 3 after he was selected from hundreds of nominations in the most caring child category.

Armaan was nominated for the award by social worker Rebecca Crossland.

She 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.”

The difficult job of selecting winners from each category is given to a panel of judges.

WellChild’s Director of Programmes, Linda Partridge is a member of that panel.

She said: “It is a tremendous challenge to select winners from the many, many truly amazing nominations we receive from all over the country.

“All the panel members are moved by the bravery of the children, the stories of selfless

care and support and the dedication of the doctors, nurses, teachers, brothers and sisters who make a great difference to the lives of seriously ill children and young people.

“Armaan truly deserves to be the winner of this award.”

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