The prestigious awards honoured women who went above and beyond the call of duty to help others and were our way of recognising ordinary mums who do extraordinary things.
Originally launched in 2006 to encourage Tesco Magazine readers to nominate women they knew, the awards grew into a celebrity-packed event which celebrated the amazing achievements of women.
Over the next 10 years, we celebrated 87 winners and many more shortlisted mums and donated £68,000 to their charities.
We supported the work the winners do in their communities and helped to raise the profile of their causes.
The mums were drawn from all parts of the UK and from all walks of life. We had celebrity winners (Lorraine Kelly was our first) and lots of winners who told us they were ‘just a normal mum’.
Some of their stories moved us to tears and all of them left us amazed at their courage and determination to make a difference to the lives of others.
In 2011, we recognised Wendy Watson, who is thought to be the first woman in the UK to have a preventative double mastectomy. Wendy has helped thousands of women around the world by campaigning relentlessly to raise awareness of hereditary breast cancer.
Claire Lomas, the 2013 Courageous Tesco Mum of the Year, was paralysed in a riding accident, yet went on to marry, have a daughter and raise funds for spinal research, including walking the London Marathon.
Our 2014 Charitable Tesco Mum of the Year Mum was Laura Young who started The Teapot Trust, a charity offering art therapy to sick children, after her eight-year-old daughter Verity died from cancer.
After Natasha Jones was named 2015 Community Tesco Mum of the Year, she was given a Points of Light award by David Cameron and her charity, Baby Resuscitation, was mentioned in the House of Commons.
If you’d like to know more about the Tesco Mum of the Year Awards, please email Sarah.Edwards@cedarcom.co.uk