A CARER from New Ferry who overcame dyslexia and dyspraxia has won a major award after helping others with similar problems.

Sean Doyle was on the shortlist for Exceptional Newcomer in this year's Wales Care Awards, organised by Care Forum Wales to recognise exceptional work in the care sector.

He was announced as winner during an awards night at Cardiff City Hall, hosted by singer and presenter Wynne Evans, popularly known as tenor Gio Compario in the Go Compare TV adverts.

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Sean Doyle with colleagues and family during the awards ceremony

Sean was described by colleagues at Options Kinsale School in Llannerch y Mȏr, near Holywell as an inspiration for his ability to empathise with those he looks after.

The 23-year-old admitted he was 'in shock' to learn he had been shortlisted, adding: "I feel honoured to have attended such a fantastic evening and thrilled to have won this amazing award.

"I feel my past experiences have contributed to understanding the people I support and also helped create stronger relationships with them.

"It has always been my ambition to work within the care sector and I love to see all of the young people progress."

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Sean Doyle during the awards ceremony

Options Kinsale, an independent residential specialist school provides a holistic service to children aged between eight and 18 with autistic spectrum conditions and associated complex needs.

Sean began working there about 18 months ago, having previously provided one-to-one care for a young man.

The dyslexia and dyspraxia created difficulties in gaining formal qualifications and he dropped out of university.

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Natalie Grant, Kinsale's deputy registered manager with 'Exceptional Newcomer' Sean Doyle and registered manager Becky Farmer during the awards ceremony

But according to Kinsale's registered manager Becky Farmer, who nominated him for the award, his determination to gain his Level 3 diploma in health and social care, which he achieved in less than 12 months, impressed colleagues and boosted his self-esteem.

She said: “Sean ensures all the young people have a fulfilled life, full of opportunities that they have not experienced before and he shows total empathy to the young people, providing a warm, caring environment.

“We are so pleased for him and really feel he deserves this recognition for his hard work, dedication and care towards every single individual. Very well done!”