Overcoming all the odds to pick up award

Mark Huby, of Total Finance Options presents Jordan Rathbone with the Carer of the Year Award at the Doncaster Superkids 2014. Picture: Andrew Roe
Mark Huby, of Total Finance Options presents Jordan Rathbone with the Carer of the Year Award at the Doncaster Superkids 2014. Picture: Andrew Roe

The Doncaster Free press sponsored award for Carer of the Year went to a selfless teenager who was extremely happy to be honoured.

The award, sponsored by Total Finance Options, was given to outstanding winner Jordan Rathbone, who was presented with the trophy by Total Finance Options director Mark Huby.

He received recognition for the way in which he carries out his care work and never complains despite what the day throws at him.

During the ceremony the heartfelt nomination for the award was read out by master of ceremonies, Paul Goodwin.

The nomination read: “I would like to nominate my 16-year-old brother for the Carer of the Year Award.

“He acts as a carer for my elderly grandparents. My grandfather has vascular dementia and my grandma is disabled.”

He went on to say: “Jordan visits my grandparents at least three times a day – he cooks, cleans, ensures they both take their required medication. He also shaves my grandad and doesn’t shy away from other health care duties (however unpleasant). Can I ask you, what other 16-year-olds would do that?”

He said that his brother Jordan was no normal 16-year-old. He added that he had his own difficulties to overcome.

He further added in the nomination letter: “My brother has Asperger Syndrome, which is under the umbrella of autism.”

Asperger syndrome is described by experts as an autism spectrum disorder, one of a distinct group of complex neurodevelopment disorders characterized by social impairment, communication difficulties, and restrictive, repetitive, and stereotyped patterns of behaviour.

But despite his difficulties with Asperger Syndrome the moving letter added that: “Despite this he has passed all of his GCSEs and is currently attending college. In my eyes my brother is a superhero (just without the cape).