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Outstanding parents recognised
2012 winners Emma Wileman and Brian Foxwell
Last year saw the parent category split into mum and dad of the year – and we had two worthy winners.
Emma Wileman lost her youngest son Haydn in September 2011.
The nine-year-old died after an anaphylactic reaction to peanuts in his breakfast cereal.
Just weeks after his death, Emma, discovered that there are known – yet under-publicised – links between asthmatic children such as Haydn and fatal anaphylactic attacks.
Along with her partner Martin, she put all her effort into creating the Haydn’s Wish foundation which aims to educate parents and teachers of the dangers.
She has also set about raising thousands of pounds for research into the condition to prevent others suffering the same heartbreak she has endured.
Last year’s 84-year-old winner of Dad of the Year is the definition of a fighter.
Brian Foxwell suffered a devastating stroke 25 years ago leaving him unable to speak properly or even carry out the most basic of tasks. But rather than give up on life, the dad decided to tackle it head on.
His daughter, Julia, who nominated him for the award described him as an “inspiration” as he continued to care for those around him.
He suffered another stroke shortly before the ceremony but refused to let it beat him as he made his way onto the stage to collect his award.
2013 nominee Lisa Ross
Lisa Ross is unlike your average parent.
As if looking after her own three children wasn’t enough work, she has fostered more than 30 others during the last 10 years.
She has given her all to making sure those who have had a tough start in life get the same opportunities as their peers.
Many claim their job to be 24/7 – but in Lisa’s case that couldn’t be truer.
In her pursuit to care for others, her Worthing house been burgled and she has been attacked and threatened.
But she has never let that get to her. She has never given up on those most important to her.
Her son, Callum, has witnessed his mum’s heroics for many years. He said: “I would like to nominate my mum for this award due to the sheer time and effort she puts into being a parent and foster parent.
“She has cared for so many children who will all give her a glowing report."
The kind hearted mum is also an ambassador for the Foster Care Agency and helps mentor others.
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