Mar 17 2010 by Ian Bunting, Airdrie & Coatbridge
Rawyards woman named Britain’s Best Mum
A SELFLESS Rawyards woman has beaten off nationwide competition to be crowned Britain’s Best Mum.
Rose Thompson (53), of Kelvin Drive, was rewarded for her phenomenal work with local kids and the care and attention she devotes to her family.
Last week the Advertiser reported how Rose was the last Scot to make the final four of the competition and she was stunned to discover that she had won.
Rose said: “On Sunday my son took me out to Morrisons for lunch, as it turns out to get me out of the way.
“I then came back home and GMTV presenter Clare Nasir was waiting for me at the front gate to tell me I’d won.
“All of my family and friends were also there and it was just so special.
“I was then taken down to the GMTV studios on Monday for a live appearance on the GMTV sofa.”
Rose is secretary of Rawyards Tenants ‘& Residents’ Association and has helped to provide youths in Rawyards with productive activities and curb anti-social behaviour.
Her mum suffers from Alzheimer’s and Rose puts in terrific time and effort to look after her.
Rose was nominated for the award by daughter Kirsty McLaughlin (27) and she was delighted with her victory.
Kirsty said: “She thoroughly deserves to win this award and I was just so overwhelmed by her reaction.”
Voting for the competition took place online at the GMTV website and Rose wishes to thank everyone who voted for her.
She said: “I feel like every mum deserves this honour and would like to offer my thanks to all of the voters.
“This was the perfect Mother’s Day present and I will enjoy every single minute of it.”
As well as winning the prestigious title, Rose also won a trophy and a week-long holiday to Jamaica in May, where she will be going with her husband George.