Caring Kieran's bravery praised by LionsBy Jon Nurse
September 10, 2012
The bravery of a teenager who lost his grandfather and father to cancer and nursed his mother through the same disease has been recognised.
Kieran Hubbucks’ selflessness was praised by members of Woodley and Earley Lions Club after they heard how the 14-year-old took over the cooking and cleaning after Mandy was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
He also cared for his five-year-old sister Chloe during a tough year after his grandfather, Denis Rixon, died from prostate cancer and then his father, Tony Hubbucks, lost his fight against a ravaging form of cell cancer.
Straight after her husband’s funeral, Mrs Hubbucks was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma and had to start chemotherapy. She is now in remission.
Lions members presented an Xbox 360 Kinect to Kieran, at his home in Harding Road, Woodley, on Sunday.
Deborah Morton, of Woodley and Earley Lions Club, said: “We are always looking for people in the area who do something special and go the extra mile. We were so impressed that having lost his father he cared for his mother. Not many lads are as selfless as that.”
Bulmershe School pupil Kieran said: “I came back from the skate park one day and mum said I had a letter. I was gobsmacked when I saw it – I didn’t think anything like this could happen to me.
“It said I could have a trip of my choice or whatever I wanted. I thought a day out could have bad weather, so I asked for an Xbox because I knew that would last longer and my family could play on it too. I’ve been playing it a lot and my sister had a go too.”
The generous gift topped off a special week for the teenager after he received an anonymous cheque for £50.
Mrs Hubbucks said: “I didn’t know what to think when I first heard.
“I’m overwhelmed that people would do this for him.”