A schoolgirl who cares for her brain-damaged sibling has been recognised with a national award.
Cheyenne McLaughlin helps wash, feed and dress her six-year-old sister Caitlin who suffered a stroke in the womb. Now the teenager’s commitment to her younger sister has earned her a tribute from a leading charity.
Actress Tamsin Greig presented Cheyenne, 13, with a Stroke Association Life After Stroke Award at a ceremony this month.
About 150,000 people in the UK suffer a stroke every year including around 400 children and babies.
Cheyenne, from Isleworth, has been a carer since the age of eight when her sister was born.
As a result of her stroke, Caitlin suffered extensive damage to her brain. She suffers from numerous health conditions including cerebral palsy, epilepsy and severe sight problems.