TEARS of happiness were all around when the Examiner and Marks and Spencer surprised two Huddersfield women with an early Mother’s Day present.
We joined forces with M&S Simply Food at Waterloo to give two deserving mums a special treat ahead of Mother’s Day on Sunday.
Store manager Allison Burnley said the best present for the special mums was free shopping – so she presented Holmfirth grandmother June Reaney and Golcar mother Muriel Cromack with £250 worth of M&S vouchers each.
Allison helped picked the two winners and said: “What a great way to celebrate Mother’s Day by giving two local mums the ultimate prize – free shopping.
“To see them all so happy is just great.”
The winners haven’t yet decided what they will spend their vouchers on, but both promised a treat or two for their daughters, who nominated them in the Examiner competition.
JUNE Reaney is not only a great mum but an amazing grandma too – so says three-year-old Georgie.
Little Georgie spread her hands as wide apart as she could when asked how much she loved her grandmother.
Daughter Martine Lindley nominated her mum for the “dedicated and unwavering support June has given her and husband Robert since the birth of their first daughter Harriett, 13, who was born with severe disabilities and complex medical needs.
That care continued when Olivia, nine, was born and again with Georgie – along with her other grandchildren Nathan, 12, and Sophie, nine.
Mrs Lindley said: “Mum put everything on hold to provide the very much needed emotional support.
“I needed all the love and support – it was mum holding me up during Harriett’s operations.
“Mum never asks for anything in return and will always say ‘It’s for the love of my family’.
“The support, help and unconditional love has meant our children have benefited from a stable upbringing and allowed myself and Robert to find time in our lives for a little bit of normality and to take away the stress of bringing up a disabled child.”
MURIEL Cromack has cared for her two loving daughters every day for more than 40 years.
The Golcar mother and husband David are parents to Nicola, 43, and Tracey, 41.
Both daughters have a learning disability and Tracey has needed constant care all her life.
Tracey, through her dad, said: "It is impossible to describe the hard work, dedication and love that she has provided.
"Mum has been called upon to provide more care than any mere mortal should have to.
"Mum is a quiet unassuming lady, a tower of strength for all the family and it is thanks to her that we are enjoying the quality of life that we currently do.
"She loves us very much and we love her."
Mr Cromack, Nicola and Tracey kept the competition win a surprise until yesterday when Allison Burnley presented the vouchers.
Mrs Cromack said: "I could tell something was going on but I had no idea what.
"They are wonderful daughters."
Mrs Cromack continued to support Nicola and Tracey even when she was admitted to hospital three times in 2007.
And that loving care continued when husband David had a quadruple heart bypass operation.
Nicola added: "She always goes that extra mile."
Husband David added: "Nicola and Tracey are happy because she makes life happy for them."