CLAIRE Hamilton is a mum in a million.
The Huddersfield University student has been presented with a humanitarian award for her work helping other mothers who experience difficulties in pregnancy.
For Claire it is a cause close to her heart – she miscarried four babies before her son, Alfie, was born. He then faced his own battles, spending three months in special care.
A former policewoman, Claire has put her efforts into her studies in childcare and fundraising for Bliss, the baby charity which helps parents and babies born too soon, small or sick.
Claire was honoured at the annual Mother and Baby Big Heart Awards after being nominated in the Mum in a Million category by friend Keith Johnson.
She said: “My friend said I’d been nominated but I didn’t think too much of it until I got a message to say I’d won.
“It felt amazing. I went to the awards ceremony and it was just lovely, we were treated so well. It was quite an emotional experience and I felt so special.
“I was speaking to people from Bliss and I’m looking to see if I can become a story point of contact for them. That means I will talk to other people who are going through what I did and share my experience or just listen to them.”
The awards ceremony took place at the London Hilton on Park Lane, with a high tea for all guests.
Claire and fellow Huddersfield University students donated their time and efforts to raising funds for Bliss last year with a cake stall in Huddersfield.
Claire, who grew up in Halifax, is a second year student and gave up a 16-year career as a police officer when Alfie was born prematurely at 28 weeks at Calderdale Royal Hospital, Halifax, weighing 2lbs.
For Claire it was a worrying time because she had already lost four babies during pregnancy and the year before her daughter was born at 21 weeks, but tragically died.
Claire says the staff at Calderdale Royal Hospital saved Alfie’s life.