WINDOW cleaner Sheriden Baillie is Sunderland’s top dad and has scooped a treat just hours before Father’s Day.
Sheriden’s 12-year-old daughter, Chloe, nominated him in the Echo’s I Love my Dad competition for overcoming illness – and being a fantastic taxi service.
Chloe, a pupil at The Venerable Bede CE School, said Sheriden is always on hand to ferry her and her friends around, as well as taking her brother, also Sheriden, 15, to football and motorbiking events.
Chloe said: “My dad is diabetic and has to have four injections a day of insulin, which must be a pain for him sometimes.
“Recently, he has been told he has coeliac disease which means he has to eat a gluten-free diet, so we can’t eat out at many places as a family any more because they don’t always cater for people with coeliac like my dad.”
Chloe’s mum, Lesley-Ann, 33, said her husband was diagnosed with diabetes 14 years ago.
She said Sheriden, 37, just gets on with things and is at the beck and call of the children.
Lesley-Ann, of Wynyard Street, Silksworth, said: “Chloe decided to enter her dad in the competition and when we told him about it he was chuffed. It is lovely that he won.
“We are just getting to grips with what he can and can’t eat because of coeliacs and if we want to eat out we have to ring ahead to the restaurant to ask if they cater for him.”
As the winner of the Echo’s I Love My Dad competition Sheriden has won a family meal at any North East Frankie and Benny’s restaurant.