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8:18 PM 20th November 2020

Todmorden Girl Who Cares For Disabled Sister Shortlisted For National Charity Award

Zoe Bedford, 10, has been nominated for ‘Young Sibling of the Year’ at the Sense Awards 2020.

L-R Zoe Bedford, 10, with her sister, Rebecca, 21
L-R Zoe Bedford, 10, with her sister, Rebecca, 21
Rebecca has complex disabilities, affecting her sight, hearing and mobility. Zoe has been shortlisted for the ‘Young Sibling of the Year’ award at the 17th annual Sense Awards, with the winners set to be announced on December 1.

During the pandemic, Zoe has shown incredible effort to support her sister and the family. Demonstrating patience and understanding beyond her years, Zoe has always been at her sister’s side over the last eight months, supporting her to access online activity sessions, keeping her engaged and stimulated.

Stefan Bedford, Zoe’s dad, said:
“Zoe is so excited to be shortlisted. She is so helpful and caring towards her sister, Rebecca. Zoe really stepped up during lockdown when she supported Rebecca to take part in daily virtual sensory sessions.”

Sense Chief Executive, Richard Kramer, said:
“Families caring for disabled children and adults have been under huge pressure throughout the Covid-19 pandemic and disabled people have been disproportionately affected by its impact. We’re delighted that, through the Sense Awards, we are able to recognise the outstanding achievements by disabled people and their supporters during this past year, such as Zoe. Zoe’s dedication to supporting her sister, Rebecca, during this challenging year is truly inspiring.”

The Sense Awards recognise the outstanding achievements of people with complex disabilities, as well as the staff, carers, family members, volunteers and fundraisers who support them. Winners will be announced on December 1. For more information about the Sense Awards visit: