A single mum from Leeds is in the final to win Supermum of the Year 2011.
Stacey Clarkin is a busy single working mum to daughter Lottie, 12 months, who has set up a support group and for other single parents.
She has coped with splitting up with Lottie’s father when she was pregnant, then her baby contracted meningitis when she was just eight weeks old, spending a nerve-racking week on hospital.
Stacey, 31, from Woodlesford, is one of 10 mums in the UK who has been selected as finalists in Milton’s Search for a Supermum 2011, in the running to win a posh family holiday.
Stacey said: “Becoming single when seven months pregnant and raising a baby alone has, I hope, made me a better person.
“It’s been, without a doubt, the hardest thing, mentally and physically, that I’ve ever done, especially when my daughter contracted meningitis at just eight weeks old, but also the most rewarding, fulfilling and life affirming.
“When Lottie was ill it was so awful. There were eight doctors around her in A&E and I thought the worst. She had picked it up through a stomach bug, a viral form of meningitis. Luckily she is doing well now although her immune system is a little low.”
Her new website www.soleparent.co.uk, is where people can post positive, honest and inspiring stories about life as single parents, says Stacey. There is support and advice available.
“I had no idea that being a single mum could be such a positive experience. I absolutely love my life. Lottie and I are a force to be reckoned with,” she added.
She is now seeking other stories from lone parents before her website is offically launched in September. she added: “Lottie is now 12 months and full of health and happiness. We really would love a family holiday an like anyone would love to be able to afford one holiday a year. I entered the competition and had forgot all about it, until now.”
She is keen to dispel any negative portrayal of single parents.
The supermum will win a holiday in the competition.
To read the shortlist and vote go to: www.milton-tm.com/vote_for_a_supermum.html