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Awards will be a family affair

By EPerkins1  |  Posted: March 15, 2014

By Liz Perkins

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FOR one family the Evening Post’s Pride Awards will be a more special occasion than for most.

Both Amie Britel and her son Ryan are in with a chance of winning prizes on the special occasion, which is being staged at Fulton House in Swansea University.

The night, which will be held on April 17, will honour the achievements of those in the community who often go unrecognised.

Sketty-based Susan Britel, aged 66, who nominated her daughter Amie, aged 27, of Clos Calfaria, Fforestfach, as carer of the year and nine-year-old Ryan in the child of courage category, said she was delighted they had both made it through to the shortlist of nominees.

Mrs Britel said: “My daughter Amie was only 18-years-old when she had Ryan. She’s done a really good job having a little boy like him, who has spina bifida. Amie is epileptic and has done remarkably well.

“She deserves recognition for the way she has brought Ryan up.”

In the nomination, which was considered by a panel of judges, including Swans legend Alan Curtis and disability swimming coach Billy Pye, Mrs Britel said Ryan also deserved to be recognised as he has to be cared for right around the clock. “He is a lovely boy and you can have a normal conversation with him, which is a blessing,” she said. “And as with all special needs children you don’t see their special needs you see the person that they are, their personality.”

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