Brandon is a ‘little wonder’

Champion Children'Brandon Downs, lost his grandfather and one of his prime carers in April.
Champion Children'Brandon Downs, lost his grandfather and one of his prime carers in April.

A youngster who has helped his grandma cope since the death of her husband has been nominated as an Express Champion Child.

Jean Downs says her six-year-old grandson Brandon has been a “little wonder” since the death of his grandad Sid in April.

Mrs Downs, of Minsthorpe Lane, South Elmsall, has now nominated the Ash Grove Primary School for an Express Champion Children award.

She said: “If Brandon sees me looking sad, he’ll say he knows who I’m thinking about. He’s extremely perceptive and picks up on it whenever I’m down.”

Mrs Downs, who is the prime carer for Brandon and his sister Leah, 17, added: “Brandon has put together a memory box to help us all remember Sid, containing his grandad’s vest, cricket shirt and hat, harmonica, a pair of his glasses and one of his sweets. He talks about his grandad all the time at school.”

The Champion Children awards recognise the bravery, kindness and determination of youngsters in our area.

If you know a youngster aged 16 or under who you would like to nominate for Champion Children, please write to us to tell us about what makes them special.

Include the child’s name, age, address and their parent or guardian’s daytime contact number.

Mark nominations ‘Champion Children 2013’ and send them to editorial@wakefieldexpress.co.uk or post them to Express Champion Children, 1 Front Street, Pontefract, WF8 1BL.

The deadline for nominations is Friday, November 29. The children will be invited to an award ceremony at Wakefield Theatre Royal next month.