Teen helps her gran move with the times

Kyra Boyle has been nominated for a University of Herts Young People of the Year award by her grandmother Pat Johnson.
Kyra Boyle has been nominated for a University of Herts Young People of the Year award by her grandmother Pat Johnson.
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A young teenager who helps her disabled grandmother surf the net and keep up to date with pals online has been nominated for an award.

Kyra Boyle, 14, has also been busy helping 71-year-old Pat Johnson settle into her new Highfield home in Hemel Hempstead.

The grandmother-of-five and great-grandmother-of-two has eye problems and a spine condition that affects her mobility.

She said: “Kyra has helped me get the house in order. I am disabled in several ways, but she comes to see me and helps me with anything that needs doing. She comes shopping with me in the town which I would have difficulty doing alone.”

The busy youngster, of Chapel Street, Hemel Hempstead, is also working towards her bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award and volunteers at a town centre charity shop.

While Pat enjoys showing Kyra, who goes to Cavendish School, the skills of baking, the teenager helps her grandmother get to grips with her laptop.

Kyra said: “I love spending time with her and she has taught be a lot. When she needs help I help her. It is little jobs that make a difference.”

The teen has been nominated for a University of Herts Young People of the Year award by her grandmother.

The competition aims to recognise and reward the county’s young heroes of 2012. Anyone who is aged 10 to 25, who is a positive role model and gives to other, can enter or be nominated.

The winner will bag £800, with half of it going to a good cause of their choice, and there will be many other prizes up for grabs from a £2,000 pot. Visit­ www.yopey.org