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.  

Inspirational duo

Natty has Down’s syndrome and as a family they have created a blog called ‘Downs Side Up’ to promote inclusion and equality.

The sisters work together as ambassadors and advocates by helping to educate others about Down’s syndrome. Natty and Mia also work with the NHS and charities such as Mencap, Makaton and the Down’s Syndrome Association.

Natty hosts a live broadcast nightly, ‘Chatty Natty’ and also shares her experience via a book, vlogs and a blog. 

Family pride

Mum Hayley said: ‘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.

'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.

‘They change hearts and minds every day, by just being who they are and I nominated them because I want them to know how many lives they have affected.’

A word from Specsavers

Julia Peggs, store director of Specsavers Launceston, commented: ‘It’s always uplifting to hear about the amazing and selfless acts performed by youngsters in Cornwall - congratulations to Natty and Mia.'  

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