Inspirational Claire is ‘mum in a million’

Claire Hamilton, with Alfie, and TV present Jenni Falconer
Claire Hamilton, with Alfie, and TV present Jenni Falconer
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Inspriational Claire Hamilton was crowned Mum in a Million in a national awards ceremony in London.

The 37-year-old, of Pendle Court, Queensbury, and her son Alfie, three, braved the snowy weather to travel to London for the annual Mother and Baby Big Heart Awards.

The awards - which support the baby charity Bliss - recognise people who have endured difficult pregnancies, births or parenthood, as well as those who help in such situations.

Tragically, Claire lost four babies and later separated with her husband after her fifth pregnancy. But, determined to be a mum, she gave birth to little Alfie, at 28 weeks.

He spent three months in the special care baby unit at Calderdale Royal Hospital, with Claire by his side and is now a happy, healthy boy with an extremely proud mother.

Claire was nominated by her friend Keith Johnson, and said she didn’t believe it when he told her she’d won.

“I thought ‘wow, wow, wow’. It was a really lovely surprise. It’ll be nice to be able show Alfie in the future and say ‘look how brave we were’.”

It was when she was in the special care baby unit with Alfie that Claire came across Bliss. She said: “They had so much information about premature babies. They were absolutely fantastic and their website was amazing - knowing someone else had been through this.”

She said Alfie is “perfect” and she loves being a mum. “I feel like there’s nothing I can’t do. He’s the purpose behind everything I do.

“He’s the reason I get up in the mornings - it’s not the material things. He’s just fantastic.”