A CARING teenager has been nominated for an award to recognise her devotion.
Jayne Plummer cares for her mum, Yvonne Spencer, 45, who suffers from complex regional pain syndrome, which leaves her in chronic pain.
The 15-year-old, of Belsay Avenue, South Shields, says that although it can be tough, she does it because she loves her mum.
She’s been nominated for Carer of the Year in the Pride of South Tyneside Awards. The Hebburn Comprehensive School pupil was put forward for the accolade, sponsored by South Shields clothing firm Barbour, by June Hindmarsh, of Young Carers South Tyneside.
She said: “Yvonne is in chronic pain a lot of the time and Jayne stays with her mum to keep her company. Jayne helps with all the household chores, cooking, and cleaning and she never grumbles.
“We are very proud of Jayne and feel she is an inspiration to other young people and carers. She plans to go to Gateshead College later this year and wants to train to be a nurse. Jayne is to be commended for her hard work and fantastic support to her mum.”
Jayne said: “It was a big shock when I found out I was nominated, but I feel really happy. I’m really grateful to the Young Carers, they really help me a lot. They’ve organised for a cleaner to come and help with the housework and there’s always someone there for me to talk to if I need someone.
“It can be hard sometimes to see my mam so upset and in so much pain, and my friends always ask me how I cope with looking after her, but she’s my mam and I love her, that’s why I do it.”
Entries for the Pride of South Tyneside Awards are now closed.
The prize ceremony will be held at the Quality Hotel in Witney Way, Boldon Colliery, on Thursday, June 12.