British mothers honoured at Tesco Mum of the Year Awards
A SINGLE mother who adopted her best friend's five orphaned children is one of eight inspirational women who have been honoured at the Tesco Mum of the Year Awards.
Julie Jones, from Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, has been named Compassionate Mum of the Year after she became legal guardian to Caroline Atkin's children, as well as caring for her own three sons.
Ms Atkin died from a brain tumour in June 2010 just months after her husband Dave lost his life following a brain aneurysm in December 2009.
Ms Jones, 46, joined Tesco's Celebrity Mum of the Year Gabby Logan at an awards ceremony at the Waldorf Hilton Hotel in London.
Among other winners is Hazel Nelson Williams, from Enfield, north London, who will collect the Inspirational Mum of the Year award for her work in steering teenagers away from trouble during last year's London riots.
The 51-year-old has been heavily involved with peace-keeping in her community for 15 years, appealing for calm following murders and organising peace marches.
Ms Williams, who lives with her husband Dennis and their five sons, also runs family workshops and has received backing from Mayor of London Boris Johnson.
Sharon Mills, 37, from Bargoed in south Wales, will collect the Campaigning Mum of the Year prize.
Ms Mills's five-year-old son Mason died in 2005 after contracting E.coli and has campaigned tirelessly for more awareness about food safety.
Her work led to the introduction of a new hygiene grading system for food outlets, which will become mandatory nationally later this year.
Lindsay Nelson, 32, from Bolton, Greater Manchester, will be awarded Community Mum of the Year for creating a support network for women with partners serving in the RAF after her own husband was stationed in Afghanistan.
Charitable Mum of the Year winner Sharon Sambrook raised more than £90,000 for brain tumour research after her son Ben was diagnosed with the illness at the age of seven.
Ms Sambrook, 40, from Aldridge, West Midlands, has volunteered for the Worcestershire Brain Tumour Trust and now works for the charity Scope, supporting parents of children with disabilities.
Helen Wynne, who will pick up the Achieving Mum of the Year Award, was inspired to set up her own childminding centre for children with special needs, following the birth of her disabled son.
Ms Wynne, 40, from Wrexham, used the experience of caring for seven-year-old Dyfan to set up the centre, which looks after 20 children each day.
The P&G Supportive Mum of the Year Award will be given to Sue Bouckley, 50, from West Mersea, Essex, for her devotion to her daughter's Paralympic sailing career.
Ms Bouckley's daughter Hannah, who was born without her right forearm, will represent Team GB at the London 2012 Paralympic Games after her mum raised the £100,000 needed each year to support the sailing team.
Tesco UK marketing director Carolyn Bradley said: "We are extremely proud that 2012 will be the seventh year of the Tesco Mum of the Year Awards.
"During that time, we've heard so many incredible stories and met so many inspirational women. This is our chance to celebrate these unsung heroes, who, often despite their own difficult circumstances, have truly gone above and beyond to help others and make a difference."
Ms Bradley added: "Our mums of the year are some of the most inspirational women you could ever hope to meet, and are truly a reminder as to why we hold these awards.
"We are both excited and honoured to be able to celebrate these amazing women in what, we are sure, will be a fantastic day for all involved."
Meanwhile, organisers have confirmed Stacey Solomon will not be attending this year's Tesco Mum of the Year Awards ceremony.
Solomon, who was named Foxy Bingo's Celebrity Mum of the Year last March, had her title axed after she was pictured smoking during her pregnancy.
The X Factor and I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here! star is seven months pregnant but has admitted to lighting up despite the health risks for unborn babies.
In a statement, Foxy Bingo said: "We understand Stacey is doing everything she can to stop smoking and in recent times has cut back dramatically. She's naturally disappointed but accepts Foxy Bingo's decision."