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Mummy's Little Helper: The heartrending true story of a young girl secretly caring for her severely disabled mother
 
 

Mummy's Little Helper: The heartrending true story of a young girl secretly caring for her severely disabled mother [Kindle Edition]

Casey Watson
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The fifth book from bestselling author and specialist foster carer Casey Watson.

A recent census shows that there are at least 175,000 child carers in the UK, 13,000 of whom care for more than 50 hours a week. Many remain invisible to a system that would otherwise help them. Abigail is one of those children. This is her story.

Ten-year-old Abigail’s mother Sarah has been rushed into hospital. Sarah has multiple sclerosis (MS) and has had a terrible fall. MS is a crippling disease, and progressively debilitating, and Sarah is now in a very bad way. Abigail has never known her father; she and her mother have coped alone since she was three. From being little more than a toddler Abigail has single-handedly cared for her, gradually learning to shop, cook and clean, and attend to her mother’s personal care. Suddenly this has all come to social services attention and Abigail has nowhere to go.

Though not fitting the usual profile of a child for the Watsons (they are specialist foster carers) Casey and Mike are happy to step in and look after Abigail – it’s an emergency situation, after all. And all that’s needed is a loving, temporary home while social services look into how best to support the family so that mother and daughter can be reunited.

But it soon becomes apparent that this isn’t going to happen. Tania’s MS is now at a very advanced stage, and the doctors are certain that there will no longer be periods of remission. Meanwhile Abigail’s emotional state starts to spiral out of control as she struggles to let go of the burdening responsibilities she’s had for so long. Sarah and Abigail insist that they do not need help, but with no other family to contact, social services are left with no choice but to find long-term care for Abigail … but Casey isn’t one to give up, and she’s determined there must be another solution.

Includes a sample chapter of Sunday Times bestseller Trafficked.

About the Author

Casey Watson is a specialist foster carer. She has been working in this field for six years after giving up her position as a behaviour manager for a local school. During this time she has welcomed 14 difficult to place children into her home.

As a specialist foster carer she works with profoundly damaged children, seeing each child through a specific behavioural modification programme, at the end of which they will hopefully be in the position to be returned either back to their family or into mainstream foster care.

Casey combines fostering with writing, usually late at night when the rest of the family is sleeping.

Casey is married with two grown-up children and three grandchildren.

The name Casey Watson is a pseudonym.


Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 588 KB
  • Print Length: 321 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 000747959X
  • Publisher: Harper Element (14 Mar 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009BZD3SG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,263 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Compelling Story but I feel guilty reading it! 4 Jun 2014
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I have read several of these books - this being the latest - and they are very compelling almost by definition - sad young early lives given serious positive hope has to be a heartwarming formula. But I'm worried that so much detail is given of the child/ children, social services, parents and others involved and I'm beginning to feel guilty about reading these true stories in quite so much detail. I actually emailed Casey to ask if all parties have given their permission for the facts to be set out so graphically but have not yet received an answer (perhaps not surprising since she must be pretty busy). I've seen these concerns expressed elsewhere but never a response. perhaps I'm worrying needlessly but it would be really reassuring to see some confirmation that all parties featured in the books are happy to have such intimate details of their daily lives shared.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic as always 1 May 2014
By Tonia
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Keep up the good work - your books are so addictive due to the good you bring out of the children you foster.
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5.0 out of 5 stars amazing heartwarming story 24 April 2014
By Hoppy
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Tears flowed when I read this book so sad !

Heartwarming thank god for people that car so much for children!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful ! 28 Mar 2014
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Just another delightful well written book by Casey Watson.
Couldn't put it down! Get the tissues ready for this one.
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4.0 out of 5 stars as always... good to read 25 Mar 2014
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I like Casey Watson's books.. they are always readable. This time its the story of a little girl trying to look after her mother with no help from anyone, including family. Once Casey gets involved. a little too much as it turned out things turn out better . How people can try to manage on their own in such circumstances I will never understand but I suppose some do" fall through the net " so to speak . A good book .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Something a little different 3 Feb 2014
By Janie
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A little different and a absolute brilliant story, . Could not put this book down, truly happy ending and what a courageous little girl x
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mummy s little helper 25 Jan 2014
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Was a really good book easy to read lots going on and a really good ending to some I have read
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mummy's little helper 18 Jan 2014
By Ca
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Brilliant book love them all couldn't put it down read the whole series in 3 weeks recommend, easy to read
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