A young carer, Natasha Krywald, has been invited to open the new Marks & Spencer store in Rushden.
Dozens of entries were received when the store asked the local newspaper to help them find an inspirational person to open the store.
Natasha is a 17 year old young carer who lost her father at the age of 3 and became carer to her disabled mother at the age of just 8 being named Young Carer of the Year in 2013.
She has written a book about caring and is working on her second. She also set up a support group for carers.
Sam Perkins nominated Natasha describing here as ‘a very inspirational young lady and an asset to the community.’
Natasha said: “I am on top of the world at the moment and I am so excited to open the store. Rushden Lakes is going to be a fantastic place for all of us, especially with me being a young carer so struggling to go far away from our town to shop.”
The teenager added: “I am over the moon to have been chosen, especially knowing there are so many deserving people in our community who could have been given this opportunity.
There are hundreds who deserve recognition, from the people who volunteer at the night sanctuary, to the people who spend hours a week helping in the charity shops, to those who volunteer to pick up litter in our town, to those who foster children or sit with the elderly in care homes during their spare time.
The list of incredible people in our community is endless and I think everyone needs to say a huge thank you to the unseen team that keeps everything going behind the scenes.”
Did you know that Marks and Spencer host Frazzled Cafes for people with mental health issues?