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02-14-2006, 04:06 AM
I have a wonderful surprise yesterday, DS 14 had entered me into the Sun newspaper & Asda wondermum competition - and I recieved a phone call to say that I had won the Local branch of Asda heat, and the letter he wrote will go on to the judges of the regional heats with each region choosing one letter - all regional finalist win a weekend at DLP(so keep your fingers crossed for us).

I have just read the letter that he wrote for the competiton with tear streaming down my face - I am so proud of him, I have pasted it below so that you can read it. I go tomorrow to collect my trophy and prize! and will know by the 2nd March if I have gone any further!

My name is xxxxxx xxxxxxx. I am 6ft 3 and only 14 years of age. I am a national swimmer who has been told that if I keep up my training, then I could be swimming at London 2012. I am nominating my mother, xxxxxx xxxxxxx, who is the woman who I appreciate the most. Every week, I swim every evening and in Galaís some weekends, sometimes I swim both on the Saturday and the Sunday. My mum is amazing. She works at Valentines high school as a Food Technician, yet she still manages to rush and pick my brother up from St Margaretís Primary school, and get home to start cooking dinner. Every day when I walk in at 4:10, she has dinner in the oven and is always asking how school was, never thinking about herself, so that we can rush out of the door by 5.00 p.m. to take me to training. She goes without a lot so she can help find the money to cover my training fees, Gala Fees and saves so that she can get me ĎFastskinsí (speedo costumes that cost between £150 and £350 each) and my brother with his swimming lessons. She also works hard so we can go on holiday each year. On top of all this she is Assistant Warden at our church, is on the swimming club committee and types, edits and writes the clubs newsletter as well as typing Gala reports to be sent to the local newspapers, and if after this she has any spare time it is spent writing to local companies etc., regarding sponsorship for the club and myself so that swimmers can reach their full potential regardless of whether the parents can afford it or not.

It is not unusual for Mum to be up before everyone else doing the ironing, or even baking muffins or bread, and the other morning I found her on the computer researching nutritional recipes, suitable for teenage sportsmen so that I can fulfil my full potential when competing. When I do compete she has a saying, that she tells me whenever I go to get changed- she says Ď do your best, I donít care if you come first or last as long as you have done your bestí she also tells me that this is a good way to live my life, Ďbecause we canít all be winners but we can all be the best we caní

As my father doesnít drive, so she is a general taxi service for Matthew and I and sometimes drops me at training and then Matthew at Cubs before coming back to watch me swim and collect me before dashing back to pick up Matthew!

She is always trying to buy us clothes so that we donít have to walk out of the house in our underwear, not an easy task if you are tall and thin!. I can not even remember the last time that she bought herself something., in fact she did not even have a present from us for her 40th Birthday last year, she said that she would treat herself when we could afford it, but I donít think she did.

Last year my dad was made redundant, but my mum worked even harder so that we could do the same things as before. It was a hard 9 months for her, although my Dad is now working he travels 2 hours each way to work so there is more pressure put on Mum, because Dad is not around as much to help with us or the housework.

I want to show her how much she means to me and my brother by entering her in this competition. I know that she may not win but if she did I would be so happy for her and so grateful to Asda for giving her a chance to give herself something without having to worry about if me and my brother need anything

02-14-2006, 04:10 AM
How absolutely wonderful, congratulaetions on raising such a thoughtful, articulate and unselfish Son. There are too many kids these days that take evrything for granted, yours sounds like he really appreciates the sacrifices you've made. I hope that letter makes your year, never mind justthe day and loads of luck for the finals. That has truly moved me :grouphug:

02-14-2006, 04:11 AM
How wonderful and what a credit your son is to you. Whether you win the Nationals or not, you are obviously a winner to him.

Congratulations - not just for winning your local heat, but for having such a lovely son.

02-14-2006, 04:17 AM
What a beautiful letter he sent,you must be very proud. :)

Congratulations on winning. :Pinkbounc

02-14-2006, 04:18 AM
Congratulation :cheer2:
I was nearly crying whilst reading this at work. What a wonderful thoughtful son you have :Pinkbounc

02-14-2006, 04:19 AM
Congratulations!! :cheer2:

You sound like supermum!! I cant even imagine how you do all of that!! :)

02-14-2006, 04:25 AM
That is such a lovely letter ~ You must be so proud of your DS :goodvibes

Congratulations on winning :thumbsup2

princess jackson
02-14-2006, 04:35 AM
What a wonderful letter.

Hope my DD grows up to be thoughtful and caring.

Congrats for winning.

02-14-2006, 05:01 AM
What a wonderful, moving and well written letter - you must be very proud of your sons

You are certainly a Supermum in my book. I feel quite exhausted just reading about your week!

Enjoy your prize and good luck in the next round :thumbsup2

02-14-2006, 05:35 AM
Thats lovely :)


02-14-2006, 09:56 AM
what a lovely letter !! its great to hear how much your ds appreciates you :grouphug:

02-14-2006, 09:59 AM
Isn't that lovely :)

02-14-2006, 10:57 AM
That is lovely :)

02-14-2006, 11:00 AM
You have every right to be proud of him, that's a wonderful letter! Congratulations on wining your local heat, fingers crossed that you win the whole thing! :goodvibes

02-14-2006, 12:42 PM
what a wonderful son you have what alovely thing to do :sunny:

florida sun
02-14-2006, 02:15 PM
How lovely :teeth: :goodvibes

02-15-2006, 03:00 AM
Thank you so much - I am really proud of both my son's, I still can't believe that he wrote such an articulate letter, I go this afternoon to collect my Trophy and have my pic taken for local paper!

02-17-2006, 12:29 PM
You're right, that is a very articulate letter for a 14 year old, you should be very proud right now. A great son and a fab mum by what I've read, hope you get all the way to DLP :sunny:

Claire xx

02-17-2006, 12:50 PM
That letter & gesture should make you more proud (or almost more!) than an Olympic gold in 2012! :goodvibes



02-17-2006, 02:50 PM
What a lovely letter. Your son is a credit to you. :)

02-17-2006, 03:05 PM
Awww, that is so lovely :) :)

Ware Bears
02-17-2006, 06:47 PM
Oh, that is so wonderful :sunny:

Good luck :thumbsup2 and congratulations on raising such a thoughtful, considerate son. He is a credit to you and your family. :goodvibes