Caring parents who are ‘one in a million’ nominated for Community Pride awards

Celia Crampton, centre, with her daughter Lesley, left, and relative Diane Jones

Celia Crampton, centre, with her daughter Lesley, left, and relative Diane Jones

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LOVING parents who do all they can for their families are being recognised for their extraordinary efforts by the Community Pride awards.

Two remarkable examples for selfless mothers are among the latest people to be nominated for the Parent of the Year awards.

Celia Crampton's extended family are so grateful for her endless care and generosity that no fewer than six have put her name forward for the award, which recognises the "one in a million" parents who their families' could not live without.

Although she was born and spent much of her life in the south, she moved to York nine years ago to take care of her disabled aunt and also cared for her mother for 40 years.

Her daughter Lesley said: "My mother is the most generous, loving, nurturing, selfless woman I know.

"You will never find a more devoted loyal woman who cares for so many."

Nominations have also come in for Celia from her grand-daughter Emily, and Emily's friends who say Celia has become "Nan" to them as well, helping them through difficult times.

Emily said: "My Nan is not just my Nan. She raised me, as a mother would, since birth when my own parents were unable to do so.

"She supports everyone in the family and friends. She will never put herself first if someone else is in need. Her home is the heart of the family - where everyone will go on any occasion, which she caters for, of course."

Emily's best friend Aimee McClaren added: "I don't know how my life would have turned out and how many bad choices I would have made if it wasn't for Nan steering me the right way.

But Celia, who said she was overwhelmed, with the nomination, insisted her actions were no more than what any parent would do.

"It's no different to what anyone else would do. It's not special, it's just what you do as a mother."

Nominated beside her is mother-of-three Rosie Quinn, who has faced a heartbreaking situation trying to care for two of her children in York while supporting her daughter, Nioni Grant, through gruelling treatment for acute myeloid leukaemia Leeds.

Nioni, 16, was diagnosed earlier this year when Rosie's youngest son Denzel was only a few months old. Since then Rosie has had to leave 16 month old Denzel, along with 17-year-old Ashley, with friends and family in York while she supports Nioni in hospital in Leeds.

Rosie said: "Any parent going through this deserves an award. It's such a hard job, and it doesn't matter if you are on your own or not, it's tough."

The Community Pride awards are run by The Press and City of York Council, and sponsored by Benenden Health. Nominations have now closed, and the winners will be announced at a special ceremony in October.

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