Brave Guide helps mum through cancer

13:12 15 November 2012

Bertie Miles enjoying a cuddle with her Mum Andie. Photo by Terry Ife ref shs 3819-45-12TI To order your copy of this photograph go to www.sidmouthherald.co.uk and click on myphotos24

Bertie Miles enjoying a cuddle with her Mum Andie. Photo by Terry Ife ref shs 3819-45-12TI To order your copy of this photograph go to www.sidmouthherald.co.uk and click on myphotos24

Archant

A KIND-HEARTED Girl Guide was thrilled to receive a surprise award acknowledging how she supported her mum through a year-long cancer ordeal.

Unsung hero Liberty Miles, 10, bravely faced adversity by sticking to her guiding promise to be helpful throughout – and her caring and positive attitude kept her family smiling.

Mum Andie, 49, described her daughter – who made her sandwiches, baked cakes for chemotherapy staff, and didn’t miss a single day of school - as a “little star”.

Andie, of Temple Street, was diagnosed with an aggressive cancer of the bladder in November last year. She underwent complex surgery to remodel her bladder from her bowel and is now on the road to recovery.

Liberty was shocked but delighted to be unexpectedly presented with a certificate of commendation from Guides’ county commissioner Sue Bullock recently.

The accolade was in recognition of how supportive and helpful the Sidmouth Primary School pupil had been to her mum in the past 12 months.

“She was stunned someone had acknowledged her – we all had a tear in our eyes,” said Andie.

“Children like Liberty are the unsung heroes of this illness.

“It was an awful time, but she kept everybody smiling. She’s been a fantastic support and has been a little star.

“The Guides was a sanctuary for her – it kept her going.

“Liberty’s message to other children going through this is to keep that normality. It’s important to be treated normally as well.”

0 comments

Other News Stories

Yesterday, 14:41

Young people sprayed from passing car with ‘aggravating’ mysterious liquid

Read more
Yesterday, 14:37
Chivenor's Sea King was called to assists an injured paraglider on Saturday afternoon. Picture: Andy Keeble

RAF Sea King helicopter called following mid-flight incident.

Read more
Yesterday, 14:23
Wooden doctor desk with copy space

Long-term sick leave for depression, personal stress and fatigue contributed to an increase in staff absence at East Devon District Council (EDDC) last year, new figures have revealed.

Read more
Yesterday, 13:35
Somersault was quiet by policing standards. Picture: www.andycaseyphotography.co.uk

Police salute 12,000 revellers who enjoyed an arrest-free Somersault, with few crimes reported

Read more
Yesterday, 12:36
North Devon Magistrates' Court.

North Devon Magistrates Court heard how slurry was spread illegally and stream was dammed to collect water for nearby reservoir.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:34

Crews from Sidmouth were called to reports of a property fire in the town this morning (Thursday).

Read more
Yesterday, 12:28
Michael Portillo with artists Mark Loman (far left), Marcia Rowles and Ray Balkwill (far right).

Politician turned TV presenter Michael Portillo has made a whistle-stop visit to Exmouth to find out about a historic artist.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:12
Boundary changes are proposed for Devon County Council

Plans to merge Littleham with Budleigh Salterton for county council elections have been criticised.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:00

Paramedics are treating a casualty at the scene in Gold Street

Read more
Yesterday, 11:45
Bideford's Devon Hall was packed for the sell out gala charity concert, organised by Bideford Freemasons. Picture: Submitted

Bideford’s Devon Hall packed to the rafters for Freemasons’ musical extravaganza.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 14°C

min temp: 10°C

Most Read News

Great British Life


Great British Life

Family Notices 24



Devon's trusted business finder