To celebrate the 10th anniversary year of the Tesco Mum of the Year Awards, Tesco has launched a special film to show what five people’s lives would have been like without the help they’ve been given by Tesco Mum of the Year winners.
To celebrate the 10th anniversary year of the Tesco Mum of the Year Awards, Tesco has launched a special film to show what five people’s lives would have been like without the help they’ve been given by Tesco Mum of the Year winners. The short film tells the Tesco Mum of the Year story of ordinary mums who have done extraordinary things for others.
Since the Awards started 10 years ago, Tesco Mum of the Year has supported the causes of over 80 mums who have shared their personal stories of achievement, selflessness and courage. The anniversary film showcases the moving and inspirational stories of some of the people who have been helped and supported by Tesco Mum of the Year winners.
Liam was being bullied at school whilst also trying to cope with Asperger’s Syndrome and ADHD
One of the case studies focuses on Liam Bell, whose life changed when he met Linda James, Achieving Tesco Mum of the Year 2009. Liam was being bullied at school whilst also trying to cope with Asperger’s Syndrome and ADHD. He contacted Linda’s charity, BulliesOut, which works across the UK and Ireland to provide education, awareness, support and training to all those affected by bullying.
Dawn Anderson was supported by Wendy Watson, Tesco Mum of the Year 2011, when she discovered she carried a faulty gene that could lead to female cancers, which she was tested for after losing her mother to ovarian cancer. Thanks to Wendy, who runs the National Hereditary Breast Cancer Helpline, Dawn was given support through out her treatment, from hospital appointments and scans to her double mastectomy.
Claire walked the London Marathon in an exoskeleton - it took her 16 days and she raised £200,000 for charity
Claire Lomas, Courageous Tesco Mum of the Year 2013, gave Lizzie Trench the inspiration to be a paratriathlete. Lizzie was recovering from a cycling accident that had left her paralysed when she saw a news item about how Claire, who was paralysed after failing from her horse, had walked the London Marathon in an exoskeleton - it took her 16 days and she raised £200,000 for charity. Lizzie started playing wheelchair tennis and took part in four triathlons. She was selected to be part of the GB Paratriathlon talent squad and has gone on to win two silver medals.
Marianne Allan and her son Rocco, who has autism, visit a centre for children with learning disabilities started by Lynn McManus, Community Tesco Mum of the Year 2014. Thanks to Lynn, Rocco has been able to enjoy playing at the centre - a special leisure facility that caters specifically for children with special needs in the area.
The final case study comes from one of this year’s winners, Emma Salisbury, Achieving Tesco Mum of the Year 2015. Wayne Thompson’s vision has been saved thanks to thanks to a clinical trial supported by Emma. Wayne was diagnosed with choroideremia, an incurable eye disease that meant he would gradually lose his sight and most likely become blind. Emma raised £400,000 to fund groundbreaking research after her son Tommy, now 14, was diagnosed with the disease as a four-year-old. She set up the Tommy Salisbury Choroideremia Fund with the funding being channeled through charity Fight for Sight.
For more information about the stories behind the film, visit tescoliving.com Keep up to date with all the news on the awards on Twitter @Tesco #MumoftheYear.
Sophie is a journalist and mum of one, and previously edited motherandbaby.co.uk before moving on to write about family cars for Parkers.co.uk - now Sophie is Commercial Content Editor for M&B, Closer, Heat, Empire, and WhatsTheBest.co.uk
She is passionate about raising awareness around postnatal depression and is a Mental Health First Aider.
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