MODEST Deborah Churcher says she only does what any mother would do for their child.
She was nominated for Mum of the Year in The News’ Woman of the Year Awards 2013 by her daughter Layla Churcher, and the judges were overwhelmed by her story.
Layla, from Gosport, said of her mum Deborah, of Queens Road, Gosport: ‘I’m a mother of three young children and have recently become single.
‘I work 5am until 10am so finding childcare was virtually impossible.
‘My mum refused to let me quit my job and insisted on coming to mine every morning at 4am to look after my children and get them all ready for the school day.
‘She then drops them to childminders at 7am and works a full-time job until 4pm!
‘Not only that but she also works part-time at Asda three evenings a week and doesn’t finish until midnight.
‘She puts me, my two sisters, and her seven grandchildren before herself and is there for emotional, financial and physical needs.
‘Without her I would be a single mum-of-three living off benefits and going crazy.
‘She has not only allowed me to remain independent but is giving me the tools to teach my own children the morals that she instilled in us as we were growing up.
‘She has always been a hard worker and has always put everyone else before herself.
‘My mum is my hero.’
The other nominees in the Mum of the Year category were Diane Daley, Nicola Clarke and Sarah Barron who was highly commended.