CARING Amy Riley was inspired by her brother to help others.
The 30-year-old, from Simonside Hall, South Shields, has watched her brother, James, 25, grow up with autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
After helping care for him, she decided to become a carer and began working with United Response five years ago.
Now, she has been nominated for the Carer of the Year in the Pride of South Tyneside Awards 2014.
She was put forward for the prize, sponsored by Shields-based clothing company Barbour, by her older brother, Kevin Wilson.
He said: “Amy dedicates all of her time to caring for severely disabled individuals, for what I consider very little financial reward.
“She regards it as very personally rewarding. She never complains and just gets on with the job in hand.
“For the last three years, to my knowledge, she has worked every Christmas Day without complaint, and without any formal recognition. I believe she deserves some.”
Amy said: “I’ve grown up looking after my little brother and it was never like work because he’s my brother and I’d do anything for him.
“Since being in school, all I’ve ever wanted to do was a be a carer, it’s something that just comes naturally to me. It’s definitely what I’m meant to be doing.
“I just love giving people a good quality of life and I find it really interesting to see how people deal with their disabilities – it’s amazing what people can overcome.
“I’m overwhelmed at being nominated, I cried my eyes out when I found out.
“I’m really proud of both my brothers and it feels lovely that Kevin has thought to nominate me – I didn’t expect it at all.”