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

Local heroes

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 and advocates, constantly educating others about Down’s syndrome through working with the NHS and charities such as Mencap, Makaton and the Down’s Syndrome Association. 

Sharing their story

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.

‘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

Lucy Eva, store director of Specsavers Redruth, commented: ‘It’s always uplifting to hear about the amazing and selfless acts performed by youngsters in Cornwall. Congratulations to Natty and Mia who are both very deserving of this medal.’  

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