Lilly Webber (left) and her sister, Claudia.
Lilly Webber (left) and her sister, Claudia. Graham Broadhead

Sisterly love overcomes illness

LILLY WEBBER has a very busy life with school, sport, dance and helping Mum take care of her older sister, Claudia, who is 12 years old.

Lilly, 10, said she enjoyed entertaining Claudia by playing random games with her, but nothing too serious.

"I think spending time with Claudia helps Mum and Dad too.

"There are times when I might be doing something in the yard or the pool and don't realise Claudia's happily watching me from the window," Lilly said.

"She likes when I dance around the house for her. Claudia can be very funny and I like when she is."

Their mum, Mary-Pat, said Lilly "absolutely adores her older sibling".

"She loves everything about Claudia," Mrs Webber said, "and they're so good together.

"What Lilly does for and with Claudia is great - she's patient, she keeps it very simple and I'm sure Claudia appreciates that.

"Lilly keeps us grounded. She was helping from the very beginning and it's been invaluable.

"Our house could be affected by rivalry but it isn't and that's good.

"Lilly is a very caring 10-year-old and realises that the house has to be spotlessly clean.

"Claudia has chronic illnesses and, even though she's been to several geneticists to have her genes and chromosomes studied, no one is sure of what is wrong with her.

"We'd be absolutely lost without Biala (Special School), Dr Chris Ingall, Riding for the Disabled, and the love and care shown by Lilly toward Claudia."

Lilly's support was recently recognised at a Biala Special School awards night in the Sibling Recognition category.



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