by MARY MAGEE
Valerie Doak with little Rebekah who she child minds for
parents Martin and Anne Pollock. Also included is Valerie's
daughter, Amanda Doak. US3809-552CD
A LISBURN childminder has been crowned
Northern Ireland's Supernanny. Valerie Doak, who was recovering
from breast cancer while looking after toddler Rebekah Pollock
who suffered from a spine condition, won the Big Into Baby and
U105 supernanny competition at the Odyssey.
Rebekah's mum Anne, whose husband Martin had
put Valerie's name forward for the competition, explained why.
"I just feel that childminders do not get the
recognition they deserve," she said. "Valerie adores children
and she has helped our family in so many ways. "When we
interviewed her for the job it was important we chose someone we
felt comfortable with and that Rebekah would be in safe hands.
She was crying at the time and Valerie went out and got some
medicine. I knew then - if someone goes to those lengths then I
want her to mind my child.
"She is such an inspiration and a lovely
person and really deserves this prize.
"I fractured my ankle and had to ring her to
see if she could, keep Rebekah for a while. She not only kept
her on but gave her her tea as well."
Anne continued: "Valerie really is one in a
million and am so proud of her. I have never met anyone so
dedicated to their work and she never complains. Even if Valerie
hadn't won the title she will always be regarded as Supernanny
to us." Valerie who went to the Odyssey last Saturday with
friend Eileen Graham said: "I really wanted to win the family
portrait because after all these years I always wanted a family
portrait and my husband Bill has always refused. He has no
Other prizes she won included a luxury
weekend break, beauty products, cinema passes and £500 worth of