WHEN it comes to caring for their younger sister, Megan and Brook Hopkins take it all in their stride.
Their sister Macy, six, was born prematurely at 26 weeks, leaving her profoundly deaf, with cerebral palsy and behavioural problems.
It means older siblings Megan, 14, and Brook, 11, need to help with household duties, and sometimes put their own childhood on hold.
But to give them a much-needed break, they will be treated to a visit to a fire station before going to see a pantomime.
Mum Tracy Hopkins, 41, of Milton, said: ‘Megan and Brook help out so much it’s amazing, but with that it means they can’t always do the things they want to do.
‘They started going to a Saturday carers’ club where they can let off steam and be with children who are in a similar situation.
‘Before they went to the club they felt isolated as their friends didn’t understand why they couldn’t go out and play.’
A special young carers’ party is being held at Southsea fire station on Saturday, December 10.
Around 30 youngsters can have a look around the station, before going to see Cinderella at The Kings Theatre, Albert Road, Southsea.
Brook, who goes to Priory School, Fawcett Road, Southsea, is looking forward to the trip.
He said: ‘I’m looking forward to seeing the pantomime and visiting the fire station.
‘Last time I enjoyed getting to use a hose.
‘I help around the house by tidying up and washing up – I don’t mind doing it.’
Charlie Harris, group manager at Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: ‘This is the 17th year we’re hosting this and it’s always good fun.’
To donate money to help fund the trip, email firstname.lastname@example.org.