May 19 2011 By Siba Matti
Kane Thomas Local Hero
A 10-YEAR-OLD boy who took care of his mum after she suffered from two mini strokes has been nominated for a Local Hero award.
Kane Thomas, of Freemans Lane, Hayes, has been put forward for the Outstanding Young Person category in the annual competition, run jointly by the Uxbridge Gazette and Leader Series, and Uxbridge College.
Each of the category winners – including Star Carer; Fabulous Fundraiser; Community Champion and Courageous Citizen - will pocket £200 and a trophy, while the person crowned Hero of Hillingdon will receive an amazing £500.
Time is running out to nominate your unsung heroes, with the deadline on Friday, May 27.
Last week, Gazette staff, together with students and staff from Uxbridge College, hit Uxbridge High Street to canvass for nominations, receiving a fantastic response from passers by.
Our latest nominee, Kane, a pupil at Botwell House Roman Catholic Primary School, in Botwell Lane, Hayes, has been described by his single mum, Roma, as 'an amazing individual'.
Roma, 47, told the Gazette: "Last November I suffered from bells palsy (a mini stroke) on two separate occasions within days of each other.
"It came as a big shock to us all – the muscles on the right side of my face weren't working so I couldn't eat or drink properly and was forced to sip through a straw.
"Because I couldn't close my eye properly it became infected, resulting in poor vision and rendering me housebound.
"It was a terrible time but Kane was so good, he was my little soldier.
"He would get himself ready for school and bring me breakfast in bed every day, before getting his own breakfast, as well as making his own packed lunch.
"He would also help around the house as much as possible, including loading the dishwasher.
"My friends Clemencia Joseph, Elaine Beresford, Davinia McKoy and Lisa Benjamin also supported us during this very difficult time, but I relied on Kane very heavily.
"It was a big, big shock for him, but he continued to attend his tai-kwon-do lessons and took part in a Stomp Tournament with his team, achieving a bronze medal for sparring in December last year.
"He also passed the grading for his Black-Tag belt in January and is now preparing for the ultimate Black Belt, a fantastic accomplishment.
"He was also made captain of the school swimming team in March, and won a silver medal for his front crawl race, plus he was also part of the winning relay team.
"He also swims for the Sea-Byrd Swimming Club in Harlington, and at a recent gala achieved personal best times for his front crawl, butterfly and breast stroke."
Clever Kane, who has an older brother, Kelvin, 25, has also continued to excel academically, recently going up a grade in all his subjects during mock SAT exams this year.
He also attends Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Botwell Lane, participating whole-heartedly in mass celebrations.
His proud mum, who works as a community housing officer for Hillingdon Council, added: "Kane's world was rocked by my illness but he has carried on enthusiastically in all his activities.
"Although I have returned to work I am still not 100 per cent. However, with Kane's support and 'can do it' attitude, he has made what could have been a very difficult time completely manageable, and throughout it all, he continues to excel in everything he does.
"It would be fantastic for Kane to be recognised in the community for all his hard work and all he continues to achieve.
"If he did win the award, it would be such a big kudos and I would be so happy for him, and so proud."
A shy Kane said: "I was very sad when my mum became ill.
"If I won the award I would probably buy her some flowers and some new clothes.
"I love her very much and she is the best mum in the whole world."
Who is your Local Hero? Nominate them by filling in the nomination form in the Gazette or online at www.uxbridgegazette.co.uk/heroes. Alternatively email Gazette reporter Siba Matti at email@example.com