BOXING superstar Anthony Joshua hailed young carer Jayden Sorhaindo as a “little angel” at The Sun’s Who Cares Wins awards, which aired on Channel 4 earlier tonight.
Jayden, 12, was revealed as the winner of the Young Hero award, after saving the life of her mum Natasha when she nearly drowned in the bath.
Anthony Joshua hailed young carer Jayden Sorhaindo – pictured here with the boxer and TV’s Susanna Reid – as a ‘little angel’ at The Sun’s Who Cares Wins awards
Jayden addressed her beloved mum directly in a moving speech
The two-time heavyweight world champion, who presented Jayden with her award alongside GMB presenter Susanna Reid, said: “I was nervous giving Jayden her award, but she showed us what real confidence is about.
“I don’t know how she does it and how she’s so caring, it’s amazing.”
Jayden was one of 11 inspiring winners at our annual awards, sponsored by the National Lottery, which recognise medics, volunteers and unsung heroes from across the health sector.
Hosted by Davina McCall, they were attended by celebrities including pop stars Mel B and Ellie Goulding, football legends Harry Redknapp and David Seaman and Prime Minister Rishi Sunak.
And AJ, 33, revealed he had a personal reason for paying tribute to our health heroes – after recently suffering a family emergency.
He told The Sun that his uncle was receiving excellent NHS treatment after he was rushed to hospital suffering seizures.
AJ, 33, said: “He was a nightmare, and they were just so patient with him.
“My uncle was determined to get out of bed and being a general pain but they wouldn’t let him. Everyone was knocked out by Jayden – she’s so articulate and confident. She said there are times she’s not sure her mum will be there when she gets home. Imagine a child having to deal with that
“The fact that they had so much patience and care for him despite knowing at the end of the day they’ll go home to their own issues. It’s just incredible.”
They were both knocked out by 12-year-old Jayden, who dedicated her award to mum Natasha, who suffers from the auto-immune disorder lupus and heart failure.
Jayden has been her carer since the age of seven.
In February Jayden saved her mum’s life after she nearly drowned in the bath, using skills learned at St John’s Ambulance.
In a VT shown tonight, Masked Dancer star Oti Mabuse surprised Jayden at her St John’s training to tell her she’d won.
Jayden told Oti she wanted to be a cardio thoracic surgeon when she grew up.
In a moving speech at London’s Roundhouse, Jayden addressed her beloved mum directly saying: “I would give anything at all for one day for [you] to be pain free.
“I watch your daily struggles and I know you try to hide it from me but I see your pain. You’ve never given up, continue to be the warrior that you are.”
Jayden also revealed that she goes to school not knowing if her mum will be there when she gets home.
Afterwards Susanna said: “Everyone in the room was knocked out by what Jayden said – she’s so articulate and confident at the age of 12 and she carries such a responsibility.
Everyone felt it when she said there are times when she’s at school that she’s not sure that her mum will be there when she gets home.
Can you imagine being a child and having to deal with that every day?
“As parents we look after our children but sometimes there are children who take on that role and Jayden’s an absolute hero.
“Jayden’s speech was the speech of the night for me.”