Our nationwide search for the UK’s proudest parents has come to its conclusion.
We asked you, the nation’s parents, to share with us the moments that filled you with the most pride, and you inundated us with entries!
We are delighted to announce our lucky winner as Amber Goddard, of Plymouth. Up against truly heart-warming competition from the likes of a 5k charity running star and a singing sensation, Amber was chosen as the competition winner after submitting this breath-taking photo of her daughter at just 13 weeks old.
Amber shared her inspiring story with us: “Beatrice is our Rainbow daughter as last year my husband and I lost our son Mylo at 21 weeks. We had struggled to conceive so when we found out in 2017 that we were pregnant again, it was fabulous news!”
“The pregnancy was fraught, I was regularly in and out of hospital and eventually had Beatrice early at 33 weeks pregnant. She went through difficult days in the Special Care unit, she was so tiny but so perfect. She has spurred me on through difficult times and is my biggest accomplishment in life.”
On winning, Amber said: “Since becoming a mum something within me has truly changed. I have never been happier than I am now and, as the competition suggested, I feel pride every day that I wake up and get to see our gorgeous girl smile. I love sharing our story and our photos of Bea always seem to make people happy so it seemed like a good idea, even just so I could feel proud. I never imagined winning – but that just makes it even better.
“I like to think our story is an interesting one and I always talk about both our children because awareness is really important of both child loss and rainbow babies. Premature babies have such a fighting spirit and it’s so lovely to have lots of happy moments to share. It makes me so happy to think that Bea has spread joy to others too and winning means that we can continue making happy memories as a family.”
Amber and her family will receive a £150 Virgin Experience Voucher, with which we know the family will make even more proud memories. On the competition, our Communications Executive, Vicki Burns, said: “We received some fantastic entries to the competition, it certainly was emotional looking through some incredible moments but Amber’s story touched our hearts. We hope that the voucher will pave the way for the whole family to create some lasting memories, they definitely all deserve it.”
Amber’s story wasn’t the only one to pull on the heartstrings of our head office, other entries that were worthy of winning included:
Manchester’s Danielle Waine, who shared with us this moving image of her daughter completing a 5 kilometre charity race, had this to say in her entry: “My daughter completed a 5k for charity, she’s type 1 diabetic and her blood sugars dropped near the end but she insisted on finishing, so drank her hypo treatment while jogging the last bit. It was a super proud moment, nothing stops my girl.”
In academics, Rebecca Doherty, from Willenhall, submitted this photo of her son proudly graduating from nursery. She said “My little boy graduated last week, he has suffered from delayed speech and he made me so proud when he sang the songs at his graduation.”
Finally, we were moved by this powerful image of Jade Waites and her son, also from Plymouth. She entered this stunning photo from her graduation day, commenting “This is the day I graduated from university after four years of studying. As a single parent with no parents myself, my son was my rock throughout my time at university and I wouldn’t have got through it without him. I couldn’t be prouder of what we have together.”
We’d like to extend our thanks once again to everyone who shared their stories with us, and encourage you to keep an eye on our Facebook page for more competitions in the future!