A MOIRA woman reached the finals of GMTV's Britain's Best Mum competition.
May Brown, 64, was gobsmacked when GMTV presenter Richard Arnold knocked on her door last week with a trophy and a bouquet of flowers. She had been entered into the competition by her youngest daughter Andrea.
"My mother was widowed at the age of 40 when her husband, a sergeant in the RUC, was murdered in 1983," said Andrea.
"She was left to take care of two teenage daughters and myself aged 12 at the time, on her own.
Five years after May lost her husband, Andrea was injured in the Lisburn Fun Run bombing of 1988, which saw six off duty soldiers killed when a bomb exploded under their mini-bus. Andrea has been disabled ever since with chronic back pain, and it is her mother who has looked after her.
May was pipped to the post by another entrant but while she missed out on the GMTV title she will always be a super mum to Andrea and her sisters Sonje and Michelle.