Caring Tyler is praised

A YOUNGSTER who is still at primary school has been nominated for an award for the way he helps his family and others. Tyler Darvill, 11, of Alexander Gate, Stevenage, has been put forward for a Stevenage Young People of the Year (YOPEY) award. His mum Gi

A YOUNGSTER who is still at primary school has been nominated for an award for the way he helps his family and others.

Tyler Darvill, 11, of Alexander Gate, Stevenage, has been put forward for a Stevenage Young People of the Year (YOPEY) award.

His mum Gina, 42, is registered disabled, having suffered from rheumatoid arthritis for several years, and is still recovering from an operation last year to remove a benign brain tumour.

Tyler helps her with personal care as well as housework and gardening, and shops for her if she is feeling unwell.


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He also helps his nan Valerie Burns, who is severely diabetic and suffers from arthritis and angina, with her shopping as well as cheering up and keeping her company.

Tyler also helps out his older brother Conner, 14, who has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and his three-year-old nephew Jamie, who had hearing problems that delayed his speech development.

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If looking after his family wasn't enough to keep him busy, young Tyler also goes to the Stevenage Shopmobility scheme once a fortnight, where he cleans the scooters and helps out the scheme's users.

Tyler, who was goes to Camps Hill School, was nominated for the YOPEY award by Paul Sands of the Caldicott Centre, a children's charity based in Hitchin, which runs a youth club, trips and activities for disadvantaged children.

Paul said: "Tyler is always willing to help anyone and is a very kind boy.

"He is well-behaved, has a pleasant personality, and helps other children on the trips."

Tyler said: "Sometimes it's hard work depending on what I do, but I do it. I like helping other people where I can."

l The Stevenage YOPEY is open to young people aged 10 to 25 who live, work or study in the town.

If you know someone who you think deserves recognition, ring 0845 838 2640 or visit www.yopey.org

Nominations close on Monday, January 7 and an awards ceremony will be held in February.

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