A SCHOOLBOY who helps his autistic brother has been honoured for his caring role.

Ben McShane won the Going on a Bear Hunt award at the Radio City Believe Awards at The Hilton in Liverpool on Wednesday.

The 11-year-old was nominated by his aunt Julie Hilton.

The St Clement’s Catholic Primary School pupil helps care for his brother Joe, 12, who has autism and learning difficulties.

His mum Emma Kelly, 42, from the old town, said: “Ben is really caring and thoughtful.

“Joe can’t be left unsupervised so Ben helps keep an eye on him.

“He entertains Joe and plays with him whilst I get little jobs done.”

Joe has organised cake sales at school for Jeans for Genes day and helped out at various fundraising events for Halton Autistic Family Support.

“Ben misses out on lots because things are too difficult with Joe for me alone, but he doesn’t complain,” added Emma, a Halton Council support worker.

“It is great to see him acknowledged and recognised. It is a moral boost for him.

“The family including his nans and grandads and his dad came to see him receive the award. It was like the Oscar’s. There were big screens and his aunt Julie had recorded her nomination.

“It was a really special night and makes Ben realise we don’t take him for granted.

“Even from a very young age he has been really thoughtful. It just comes naturally to him. We’re very proud of him. He is an amazing young man.”