Exceptional son Marley Adams has been officially praised in an award named after famous Sunderland TV agony aunt Denise Robertson for helping his mother manage her arthritis.
Marley, 11, was highly commended in the Young Carer of the Year Award category at Sunderland City Council’s Young Achievers’ Awards, which celebrate the outstanding contribution made by young people in all aspects of community life.
Painful arthritis means Marley’s mother Sharon looks to him to support her with day to day tasks around their home and help look after his toddler sister Esme.
Award judges were struck by Marley’s devotion to his mam and sister and his selfless approach to life.
“I help clean up for her, I’ll take her cups of tea and ask her what she’d like me to do,” said Marley.
“Watching my little sister is the main thing she wants me to help her with. She calls me her star.
“I was super surprised to get the award, speechless. I feel proud and people have congratulated me for it.
“I love coming to school, I love coming here, it’s easy to make friends, the teachers are awesome and they do fun stuff.”
Marley was amongst a host of outstanding young people at the awards ceremony staged at Sunderland Football Club’s Stadium of Light.