Kind Ryan is a brother-in-a-million

A CARING brother has been honoured with a national award for devoting his spare time to helping care for his ill sister, Lilly-Mae.

Ryan Skidmore, 14, has been crowned as winner in the national 2012 WellChild Awards.

The youngster helped to look after younger sibling Lilly-Mae at their Billingley View, Bolton home since she was born. Six-year old Lilly suffers from a syndrome which causes low immunity, epilepsy, developmental delay and a string of other health problems that make life increasingly difficult.

Ryan will collect his award at a ceremony in London in September.

He was nominated for the honour by family friend Louise Harper of Rotherham, who felt he deserved a special treat for helping with feeding and dressing Lilly, along with cooking, bathing, changing and cleaning.

Louise said: “Ryan helps his parents to look after Lilly and even gives his mum time in bed to catch up on sleep and brings breakfast in bed.

“Ryan will help out so much as he loves his sister so much. He deserves recognition for what he does for Lilly.”

Judge Linda Partridge, of WellChild, said: “The panel was moved by the bravery of the children. Ryan truly deserves to be the winner.

Lilly is one of only 63 children worldwide with microdeletion syndrome.

She has her own fundraising page to help pay for vital equipment that is not always available on the NHS. Any extra money raised is donated by the family to charities including Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice and Jeans for Genes.

All winners in this year’s WellChild Awards have now been informed and can look forward to a glittering ceremony in London later this year, with pop stars and celebrities sharing the excitement as they receive their awards.