Caring Hetton teen’s day with JLS

Nathan Brown and dad Carl with JLS

Nathan Brown and dad Carl with JLS

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A CARING teenager has been honoured after devoting years to helping his dad deal with the debilitating effects of multiple sclerosis.

Nathan Brown, who was just 10 when his father Carl was struck down with MS, was singled out for praise at a national award ceremony.

From cooking and cleaning to decorating, the 16-year-old, from Hetton, is always by his parent’s side.

But he still finds time for his studies, achieving top marks in 11 GCSEs this year.

In honour of his hard work, Nathan was one of three people shortlisted for the MS Society’s Carer of the Year award.

Although he just missed out on the top accolade, competition judges praised the student’s “dedication and inspiration” when it came to supporting his family.

Nathan, who met pop group JLS and TV chef Ainsley Harriott at the Royal Garden Hotel, in London, said he was overwhelmed by the glittering ceremony.

“There was lots of speculation around who the special guests were going to be, so when JLS appeared I was chuffed,” he said.

“It was nice to have my mum and dad there with me and we had a lovely day.”

Carl said his son, who is starting an ICT course at Headways College, Sunderland, does “almost everything” for him.

Once a month, he also accompanies his parents to monthly meetings of the local MS Society branch, where mum Helen volunteers as secretary and Carl as a

fundraiser.

Carl, who suffers from mobility problems caused by the condition, said: “He helps cook the dinner, takes me out. If I fall over, he picks me up, no bother. He doesn’t leave my side.”

Last year, Nathan finished “Highly Commended” in the MS Information Resource category for his work setting up the Sunderland MS Society branch website.

In January, he was also awarded a Diana Award for work in supporting the branch.

Simon Gillespie, chief executive of the MS Society charity, said: “The awards recognise and celebrate the dedication and hard work of individuals like Nathan who are the shining stars of the MS community.”