Full time carer and volunteer nominated for Merton Civic Award
A mum-of-three who cares full-time for her disabled brother and volunteers with elderly people in her spare time has been nominated for the Merton Civic Awards.
Yasmin Bakh, 54, was on a maternity break from her civil service job when her mother died suddenly leaving her responsible for the care of her brother, Amin Premji, who has Down’s Syndrome and severe learning disabilities.
For the past 19 years she has looked after Mr Premji, 51, and been a full-time mum to three young daughters.
Mrs Bakh describes the first few years as a struggle.
Her brother needs round-the-clock care and assistance with every aspect of his life, and at the time she had a seven month-old baby, and two toddlers.
She said: "I took Amin home the very day that my mum passed away. He is my brother and we grew up together." Now there is more help and less responsibility. A carer visits Mr Premji for 45 minutes in the morning and evening, and Mrs Bakh’s daughters are now adults.
However, things are still tough due to cuts to support services for carers, an increase in Mr Premji’s disability, and Mrs Bakh’s own health problems.
When not caring for her brother, Mrs Bakh enjoys giving her time to older people in the community.
She regularly visits residents at the Aashna House care home and helps them with anything they may need, including phoning them regularly to check up on them. She also gives lifts to and from a mosque in Croydon to elderly people unable to travel by themselves.
Mrs Bakh has been nominated for the Parent/Carer Award by her daughter Azmina.
She said: "Mum has always put her family before herself, despite her own health issues.
"In our eyes, she is not only supermum, she is our angel. She is a role model for us and one day I hope to get the opportunity to make her as happy as she has made us all her life."
Go to our Merton Civic Awards page for more information about the awards and how to nominate someone.
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