TWINS Kyle and Tyler MacPherson are not your average 11 year olds.
And the boys, from Layton, had a special treat when met Blackpool FC favourite Charlie Adam at a ball and awards ceremony to honour young carers, at the Hilton Hotel.
The pair, who go to Bispham High School, have had to grow up faster than most youngsters, as they have had to act as carers for their mum Joan.
Mum, 46, has a range of degenerative diseases and medical conditions – including Raynaud’s syndrome, osteoporosis, asthma and fybromyalgia.
She is often unable to get out of the house or do simple everyday tasks and household chores, such as vacuuming, opening a bottle of tablets or doing the washing. The boys have shown maturity beyond the years by helping their mum around the house.
She said: “I am immensely proud of them. They are such a big help and they are so good. I don’t know what I would have done without them.
“It’s sad, really, because I don’t feel they should have had to do these things. They have had to grow up really fast and they are mature beyond their years.
“Sometimes I think they have had to grow up too fast, and being carers has taken their childhood away from them. But they are great boys.
“The young carers support group at the carers centre is a big help for them. It gives them somewhere to go, as I can’t take them out, but they get the chance to go to events like the charity ball, and it gives them someone they can speak to.
“They would never have met Charlie Adam otherwise.
“They loved it, they had a great time.”