The News Youth Awards: Praise for boy described as ‘hero’ of his family

Kellie and Darby Allen from Purbrook with their four sons (left to right), Casey Allen (12), Jude Allen (four), Oscar Allen (six), and Morgan Allen (11). Jude their youngest son is in need of a transplant and receives medicines through a drip connected to equipment which he carries in a ruck sack on his back.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (142005-8)
Kellie and Darby Allen from Purbrook with their four sons (left to right), Casey Allen (12), Jude Allen (four), Oscar Allen (six), and Morgan Allen (11). Jude their youngest son is in need of a transplant and receives medicines through a drip connected to equipment which he carries in a ruck sack on his back.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (142005-8)
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BEING a mum to four boys is hard work.

But Kellie Allen knows she would not be able to do it without the big-hearted efforts of her eldest child Morgan.

The 15-year-old quietly goes about helping his mum with everyday chores, while never complaining.

Kellie, 36, of Claremont Gardens, Purbrook, needs a helping hand as her youngest son Jude is often seriously ill with a digestive condition that means weeks in hospital.

Jude has a rucksack strapped permanently to his back which provides a tube giving nutrients straight to his heart to keep him alive.

Kellie, who won The News’ Mum of the Year Award last year, wanted to nominate Morgan for the Star of the Family award as a surprise to say thank you.

Kellie said: ‘I couldn’t be the mother I am without him.

‘My husband worked away for a long period and my youngest child is very sick and demands a lot of time and things can fall apart with no warning.

‘Morgan is always there to help.

‘From the age of 13 he would get up and make packed lunches for his two other siblings and get their breakfast ready while I provided care for Jude.

‘The list is endless and all without complaint.

‘He took on the duties of a parent to help care for his siblings and no child should have to be so responsible.

‘Without him I would have crumbled as our family was under immense pressure.’

Morgan, who attends Purbrook Park School, has been a rock for the family, despite going through the heartache of losing a sibling when he was seven years old.

Kellie added: ‘He is the most well adjusted, polite and likeable boy.

‘To me Morgan is my hero – the star of our family – and without him it would have been very different.’

Morgan is just one of several young people nominated for the awards, but more nominations are desperately needed, including Hero of the Year, Inspiration of the Year, Learner of the Year, Music Star, Stage Star and Star of the Environment.

To nominate, not vote, for this year’s awards, go to jpsouthevents.co.uk where an application form can be downloaded. You can also e-mail youthawards@thenews.co.uk and request a nomination form or

call Rosie Morgan on (023) 9262 2202 to have one posted