A MOTHER and daughter are celebrating at the double after they both picked up award nominations.
Kerryanne Maxwell, of Whiteleas Way, South Shields, put her daughter Sophie forward for the title of child of courage at this year’s Pride of South Tyneside awards.
The eight-month-old was born with only half a heart and had to undergo an operation when she was just five days old.
The tot, who has two older brothers, Nathan, three, and Joshua Tansey, seven, has since had another cardiac op and faces further surgery in the future and possibly even a heart transplant.
Kerryanne says her brave daughter is rarely seen without a smile on her face and that she deserves an award.
But the 28-year-old, married to Ian, 37, was surprised to hear that she’d been nominated for the title of carer of the year.
Sophie was nominated for her award, sponsored by South Shields company Harlow Printing, by her mum and dad, as well as five other people.
Kerryanne was put forward for the title of carer of the year, sponsored by South Shields clothing company Barbour, by her husband, her sister, Joy Birtles, and her mum, Lynn Birtles.
Joy said: “She was told her daughter may not make it and to consider a termination, but she decided that where there’s life, there’s hope.
“She’s such a strong-minded person to be able to go through that. She’s had her ups and downs, but she always gets back up.
“She deserves a medal for what she’s been through. She’s such an amazing mother to all her children, and I’m so proud of her.”
Kerryanne said: “Sophie is doing really well, but she’ll need to have another operation when she’s between three and five.
“She copes so well, and she just sits there smiling away at everything.
“She’s really brave, and she definitely deserves to be rewarded for that.
“If she won the award, it would be a nice thing to look back on and tell her about when she’s a bit older.”
She added: “I’m absolutely stunned at being nominated myself. I never expected it.
“Ian usually can’t keep anything to himself, so I’m surprised he’s managed to keep this so quiet.
“It’s odd, though, because I don’t look at it like that. I don’t think of looking after Sophie as a job.
“I am classed as her carer because her condition means she’s disabled, but it’s not a job – she’s my daughter and I’ll look after her just the same as I’ll look after my other kids, no matter what.”
Entries are now closed.
The award ceremony will be held at the Quality Hotel in Witney Way, Boldon Colliery, on Thursday, June 12.