Teen Rosie is a ‘tower of strength’ to parents

Rosie King from Horbury, Wakefield, with her brother Lenny. Picture: Jonathan Gawthorpe
Rosie King from Horbury, Wakefield, with her brother Lenny. Picture: Jonathan Gawthorpe
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At just 16 years old, Rosie King has presented an Emmy Award-winning documentary, illustrated a children’s book and spoken at a prestigious Washington conference that was broadcast live to 150 countries worldwide.

But it is for the “tower of strength” she provides her parents in helping to care for her younger brother and sister that Rosie, of Horbury, Wakefield, has been nominated for a Yorkshire Children of Courage award.

Rosie, who has Asperger’s Syndrome, gained international acclaim when she presented a special BBC Newsround documentary My Autism and Me in 2011.

Her natural ease at explaining the condition, which severely affects both Daisy, 14, and Lenny, 12, helped the programme pick a host of awards.

It also prompted more awareness work, and earlier this month saw her biggest achievement yet, when she was invited to speak to 1,000 delegates at a TED conference in the United States.

But for her parents, Sharon and Richard King, it is the way she supports and helps her family that make them most proud.

Mrs King said: “Above all else, Rosie is a loving sister and daughter.”

Rosie, who is studying for her A Levels at New College Pontefract, said she felt “really proud” to be nominated, but played down her achievements, and the care she gives to Daisy and Lenny. “It’s just older sister duties,” she said.

The Yorkshire Children of Courage awards honour the bravest and most courageous young people in the region, while raising money for disadvantaged youngsters. Tickets are on sale for the event, which takes place on October 10 at the Royal Armouries. Visit www.yorkshirechildren.co.uk

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