To Lizzy Georgeson, her eight year old nephew Lewis Buntain is “one in a million”.
The eight-year-old, who has been nominated for a Yorkshire Children of Courage Award in recognition of all he does for his aunt, is a “superstar” in her eyes.
His uncle, who is also called Lewis, is in the army and regularly works away, and the youngster thinks nothing of stepping up and helping.
“He’s amazing,” said Lizzy, 24, of Roundhay. “As soon as he finds out that my husband is deploying, he’s planning when he can stay over so he can help. He often worries if he thinks I’ll be on my own, so wants to stay over to help with the housework, carry washing and even help me getting in and out of the bath.”
Lewis, who lives with parents Katy and Scott in Morley, is also flourishing at Barwick in Elmet Primary School, where he explains to his classmates about his aunt’s condition. She was born with bilateral club foot, and had her right leg amputated in August 2013. A year later her left leg was also amputated.
“He tells his friends that I have robot legs,” Lizzy said. “Of course, he understands its much more complicated than that, but he’s really clever at explaining about my legs to other people. When I had the first operation he was incredibly protective of me, and would stand behind me in case I fell. We are a very close family but the bond Lewis and I share is special.”
The fifth Yorkshire Children of Courage Awards takes place at New Dock Hall on October 10.
The aim is to raise money to help disadvantaged youngsters while acknowledging those in the region who have shown courage in dealing with difficult circumstances.
The founder of the awards, Stephen Mitchell, of the St James’s Place Foundation, said: “Lewis’s story, like so many of the nominees, is inspiring and will be one of many celebrated on the night.”
Tickets are still available from www.yorkshirechildren.co.uk”