A SPECIAL thank you for a devoted mum will be top of the menu this Sunday for the Croft family meal.
Nurse Carol Croft spends her days caring for patients at Sunderland Royal Hospital.
And when she returns home the 51-year-old devotes her time to looking after her family - which is why they have nominated her for the Echo’s I Love Mum competition.
The competition aims to find Sunderland’s top mum in time for Mother’s Day, this Sunday.
Carol, of Hetton, was just 16 when she lost her own mum to a heart attack.
When her own daughter, Chelcie turned 16, Carol herself suffered a heart attack, sending shockwaves through the family.
Chelcie, now 22, said: “That was really hard on her because she’d lost her own mum at that age.
“My mum is just the most kind and generous person you could meet, she’s spent her life putting other people first.”
Along with brother Rory, 26, and sister Chloe, 23, Chelcie will enjoy a family meal with Carol and husband Kevin, 51, on Sunday to mark Mother’s Day.
Chelcie added: “Our nana, Lily, suffers from dementia and mum has spent so much time caring for her, making sure her every need was seen to.
“She also works full-time as a diabetes nurse at Sunderland Royal Hospital so she’s kept pretty busy.”
Carol is now looking forward to the arrival of her first grandchild, with Chelcie due to give birth to a daughter in June.
“It’s a very exciting time,” she said.
“I just feel so privileged to call this person my mum – and my best friend.”
The Echo has teamed up with the Bridges in Sunderland to offer a prize worth £150 to out Mother’s Day winner.
The winner will receive a Bridges gift card worth £50, as well as a box of treats from Lush, including soap bars, bath bombs and shower gels, while the Fragrance Shop is offering a bottle of Calvin Klein Endless Euphoria.
Andy Bradley, centre director at the Bridges, said: “Everyone has reasons that make their mum the best in the world.”
•Don’t miss tomorrow’s Echo to read the winner’s story.