Eight-year-old Isabelle Thompson, from Chippenham, has been shortlisted for an award by the national disability charity, Sense, in recognition of the support she provides to her sister.

Isabelle has been nominated for the ‘Young Sibling of the Year’ award at the 17th annual Sense Awards, with the winners set to be announced on December 1. Isabelle supports her five-year-old sister, Tilly, who has complex disabilities, including sight and hearing impairments.

The eight-year-old is always there for her sister, but during the pandemic she has made an incredible effort to support the family.

On hearing about her award, she said: ""I'm really excited and I can't believe it!"

Isabelle helps to look after Tilly by supporting her to get dressed, being with her while their parents are busy, signing with her, reading books and doing other activities together. Isabelle has also completed several fundraisers for Sense, including a 5km run which raised £500 for the Sense Woodside Family Centre, which Tilly attends.

Her parents, Paul and Louise Thompson, said: "We are immensely proud of Isabelle and the way she cares for her sister. To be nominated for this award gives her the recognition she so deserves."

Sense Chief Executive Richard Kramer added: “Families caring for disabled children and adults have been under huge pressure throughout the Covid-19 pandemic and disabled people have been disproportionately affected by its impact. We’re delighted that through the Sense Awards we are able to recognise the outstanding achievements by disabled people and supporters during this past year, such as Isabelle. Isabelle is very kind and mature for her age and has a nurturing and caring approach with her sister, Tilly, which we’re delighted to recognise as part of the ‘Young Sibling of the Year’ award.”

The Sense Awards recognise the outstanding achievements of people with complex disabilities, as well as the staff, carers, family members, volunteers and fundraisers who support them. Winners will be announced on December 1. For more information about the Sense Awards visit: sense.org.uk/sense-awards/