Royal Prep pupil Honor pays tribute to her hero...her sister Sarah

Mairead Holland


Mairead Holland


A PUPIL from the Prep Department at Armagh Royal School has had her moving personal tribute to her disabled sister immortalised in a plaque.

Honor Bradley chose to write about her sister Sarah when the class was given homework on the subject of ‘My Hero’.

She described how her older sister can’t walk or talk but has other talents and is never scared to try something new.

And when a local businessman heard of the sisters’ close bond, he offered to make the family a specially engraved memento.

Honor, now aged 11, wrote: “She (Sarah) uses a wheelchair to get around the house and because she can’t speak she uses sign language to communicate.

“My sister Sarah is my hero becaue she tries new things out and is not scared to do it. Although she is disabled she can do lots of things. 

“She can work the computer better than anyone else in the house. She is really good at swimming, walking and talking. She can say words like mama, papa, hot, cold, yes and no. Her favourite words are pizza and pink.

 “She is very clever and funny and always tries to spend time with us. My sister is very special to me and an inspiration to me and everybody who meets her.”

Prep principal Dr Kirsten Carson-McClenaghan wrote on Honor’s homework book that the story had brought tears to her eyes, adding that Sarah was such a “brilliant heroine to write about”.

 She added: “I am sure she loves having you and Ethan around and maybe she could help you with your ICT” before praising the paragraphing, presentation, punctuation and grammar of the homework.

The sisters’ grandfather Noel McClurg said Honor has a great relationship with 13-year-old Sarah, a pupil at Fleming Fulton Special School in Belfast, and that the family was very proud of both girls.

The story also touched Seamus McCann, chairman of Armagh company Armatile, who offered to make the keepsake.

On Friday, three plaques were presented to the girls’ parents Ewen and Loretta, their grandparents and principal Dr Carson-McClenaghan.

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