MUM-OF-THREE Jennie Green has been hailed “one-in-a-million” for how she copes with her hectic lifestyle.
Jennie’s three young children all have an inherited tissue disorder which means they have to be fed through tubes.
Jack, 10, Olivia, eight, and two-year-old Finley need close attention all the time.
Jack also has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and is prone to seizures.
Finley is also being treated for a cyst on his brain.
Apart from looking after the children, Jennie, 30, of Linthwaite, also helps run a charity Living with Reflux, is studying to become a nurse and is an agent for a Christmas savings club.
The busy mum – who could only do what she does thanks to the support of hospital porter husband Jamie, 32, – has now earned special recognition from her bosses.
Jennie has been announced as the winner of the One-in-a-Million Inspirational Award from Park Christmas Savings.
Jennie, who has worked for Park for six years, said: “I just live my life every day and you never think it is something out of the ordinary until someone points it out.
“I suppose my normal is different to everyone else’s but you just have to get on with it.”
Jennie’s children all have Ehlers–Danlos syndrome and it was the isolation she felt with her eldest that led her to team up with two other families to launch the national charity.
Jennie runs the support group side to help other parents cope where she struggled. She also runs a Facebook group.
Jennie’s prize will be a weekend away at a hotel on The Wirral for the awards ceremony and £150 to spend on a Debenhams makeover.
That will be the first time Jennie and Jamie have been away together on their own in 10 years.
It means an operation of military planning.
Olivia is going to stay with Jennie’s mum and dad Mick and Helen Dolan in Slaithwaite while Jack goes to other grandparents John and Carol Green in Birkby.
Finley, meanwhile, will be looked after by aunt and uncle Michelle and Martyn Short in Slaithwaite.
“All the kids come with a manual,” joked Jennie, who will prepare all the feeds in advance.
“We are looking forward to going away but at least it’s not too far.
“They all promise they will ring or send a message to let us know everything is okay.
“We do manage to go out separately, just not together,” added Jennie.
“I’m not sure we’ll know what to talk about!”
Jennie, who also runs a Rainbow group, hopes to graduate as a nurse in August.
Despite everything else she thinks it should be possible to work part-time.
“I’d love to be a children’s community nurse,” she said.
“I have a lot of experience already because of my children.”
The charity’s website is www.livingwithreflux.org .