Harry (5) is hailed ‘super sibling’

Five-year old Harry Carter from Burnley has won the national Super Sibling Award
Five-year old Harry Carter from Burnley has won the national Super Sibling Award
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Super brother Harry Carter has won a national award at just five years of age.

Harry, from Rosegrove, has become baby firm Tommy’s “Super Sibling” for the maturity and kindness he showed when his little brother arrived 14 weeks prematurely.

The Express reported in January that Harry had been nominated and now he has been to London with his family to pick up the award. They were over the moon when Harry’s name was announced at the 20th annual Tommy’s Awards presentation at the Landmark London Hotel. It was presented to him by Tommy’s celebrity supporter Laura Hamilton, and Simon Kay from Center Parcs, the sponsors.

The awards recognise special “heroes” from families who have been touched by pregnancy complications, or the loss of a baby, as each year in the UK one in four parents lose a baby through miscarriage, stillbirth and premature birth.

Harry’s mum Sarah (28), a midwife, had to have an emergency caesarean at 26 weeks and her baby Finlay was so poorly he had to be ventilated immediately at birth and his parents chose to have him baptised. It was four weeks before he started showing signs of improvement and Sarah and her husband Michael spent the next seven and a half months in hospital with Finlay who was transferred to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool on two occasions.

During this long stretch, older brother Harry coped so well that Sarah nominated him for the Center Parcs Super Sibling Award to let her know how proud she is of him. The award celebrates a big brother or sister who has proven to be wise beyond their years after the early arrival of their new baby brother or sister.

Finlay’s health continues to improve and although he still needs oxygen, he now only requires ventilation at night. But Harry still keeps a close eye on him to make sure he does not pull out his breathing apparatusand calls Finlay’s ventilator his “energy boost machine”.

Chief Executive of Tommy’s Jane Brewin said: “Harry coped admirably during a daunting and frightening situation that was placed on his young shoulders. He proved to be a great help and comfort to his parents and the affection he has for his younger brother is very moving. We are thrilled to award him the Center Parcs Super Sibling Award.”