An dedicated support assistant has received a prestigious award in recognition of her work.
Marie Vaughan supports little Hollie Shaw, a Year Five pupil at Norland Junior and Infant School and has been granted an award by the Percival Whitley Educational Trust after being nominated by the school.
Nine-year-old Hollie suffers from a rare inherited condition called Epidermolysis Bullosa.
Her condition means that any trauma or friction to the skin can cause painful blisters, sores and infection, but Marie’s one-to-one support means that Hollie is able to carry out day-to-day tasks with as little discomfort as possible.
Marie said: “I was overwhelmed when I found out I’d won the award and started crying.
“I’ve been with Hollie since she was in nursery and we’re hoping that I’ll be able to continue to support her when she goes to high school.”
Hollie’s condition means that she is often unable to attend school and Marie often visits Hollie outside of school hours to go through missed lessons and complete outstanding work.
Now, Hollie has made outstanding progress at school and works within the year group expectations or above in all subjects.
Speaking about Marie’s support, Holly said: “I was delighted when I found out about the award because Marie really helps me out.”