My big sister has always been an inspiration to me, always hardworking and motivated, but in the past three years she has surpassed even her own high standards... In autumn 2008 our wonderful Mum became very ill with a brain tumour and sadly passed away in May 2009. Throughout Mum's illness and after her death, Claire has been the rock of our family, supporting us practically and emotionally every step of the way, arranging care and treatment for Mum, keeping all of the family together and guiding us all through the nightmare to somehow survive on the other side. She has now become fully involved in the care of our older disabled sister Jane, taking on Mum's role of dealing with her ups and downs, which is never an easy task! Throughout all of this, she has also recently got married and brought a gorgeous baby boy into the world, becoming a fantastic mum herself. I am so proud that she is my sister and would not be half the person I am today without her. I know that my Dad agrees with all of this and is hugely thankful for all of her support too. I don't think Claire realises how grateful we are for her amazing strength because she is also incredibly modest and I want the whole world to know what an amazing sister, daughter and mother she is!