Caring Thomas is shortlisted for top award

CARER award for Thomas Wilson.

CARER award for Thomas Wilson.

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A CANCER patient is in safe hands after being cared for by her goalkeeper son.

Thomas Wilson, 11, not only helps to care for his 47-year-old mum Diane who was diagnosed with cancer around three years ago but he and 18-year-old sister, also called Diane, have raised more than £10,000 by taking part in skydives, sponsored runs and football events.

In return staff at Weston Park Hospital, which treats his mum, have nominated Thomas for a prestigious award after the youngster and his sister donated money to the charity.

The Thorne Trinity Academy pupil has reached the top three in the Sheffield Champion Child Carer award.

“Mum has had cancer for about three years and it was a real shock,” said year seven pupil Thomas who was invited to join Leeds United’s junior football academy.

“We wanted to do something to help the hospice because it gives her such good care and also has a research department.

“My sister won a similar award last year so it is nice to follow in her footsteps and our mum is thrilled. We just make sure she keeps cheerful.

“As for my football, I was really pleased to be spotted during a training session and would love to play in goal professionally one day. In truth, I would be happy to play for any Premiership side, but the dream is Manchester United.”

Award winners find out on November 30.