Meet Armaan Alsam – one of the most caring children in the UK
Nine year old Armaan Aslam, from Dewsbury has been recognised for being one of the most caring child in the UK.
He was nominated for the WellChild Award by Kirklees Council Social Worker Rebecca Crossland.
Rebecca nominated Armaan after watching how he tirelessly helped care for his older brothers Hassan and Arslan.
The brothers were both born with Duchenne’s Muscular Dystrophy, a disease that leaves sufferers with servere disabilities.
Armaan has learnt how to use the medical machinery needed to support Hassan and will sit with him for hours on end.
He helps Hassan with his daily needs, such as feeding. He also keeps him entertained and cheers him up when he’s feeling unwell. Armaan also helps his mother look after the house and take care of his younger sister – Nadia.
Unfortunatley his brother Arslan passed away in 2015, aged just 16. Armaan visits his brother’s grave every week. He looks after it with as much care as he gave his brother when he was alive. Armaan even finds time to fundraise for local charities.
Armaan was picked from hundreds of nominations from across the UK to win the category of Most Caring Child in these Awards. The awards celebrate the courage of children coping with serious illnesses or complex conditions. They also honour the dedication of professionals who go the extra mile to help sick children and their families. The Awards are run by WellChild, the national charity for seriously ill children.
At the star-studded awards in London, Armaan met dance group Diversity, children’s TV presenters Dick and Dom and Prince Harry.
WellChild’s Director of Programmes, Linda Partridge, is also 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.”