Cornish sisters, Mia aged 13 and Natty aged 11 were two of 24 children honoured at this year’s British Citizen youth Awards, in association with Specsavers, at the Palace of Westminster.

Incredible stories

Mia and Natty Goleniowska are a powerful combination of sisters. Natty has Down’s syndrome and as a family they have created a blog called ‘Downs Side Up’ to promote inclusion and equality.

They work together as ambassadors, constantly educating others about Down’s syndrome and working with the NHS and charities such as Mencap, Makaton and the Down’s Syndrome Association.

They sisters also support other families and share their experiences via a book, vlogs and a blog.  Natty even hosts a live broadcast nightly, ‘Chatty Natty’.

Family pride

Mum Hayley said: ‘I get very emotional to think that our children have been considered in this way, alongside so many others who have done courageous or charitable acts.

'In many ways our family is so ordinary, but when I remember how afraid I was when I heard the words Down’s syndrome. We can never underestimate how important it is to share our story with new families.'


Mia and Natty received their BCyA medal from Ashley Banjo, creative director and lead dancer of Diversity, whose dance troupe won the third series of Britain’s Got Talent.

Jo McLean, store director of Specsavers Bodmin, said: ‘Congratulations Natty and Mia. Your story is inspiring and you both richly deserve your medals.'

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