Rotherham supermum up for an honour

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A South Yorkshire supermum who took on the Government in her bid to beat bullies could be crowned mother of the year.

Michele Fudge, who set up the charity The Silent Voice after her own children were bullied, has been shortlisted for supermarket giant Tesco’s Mum of the Year award.

The 53-year-old, from Sunnyside, Rotherham, was hand-picked by judges from thousands of entries from across the UK.

She was nominated by her son Scott, aged 24, who was driven to the brink of suicide by bullies when he was at school.

Inspired by her son’s plight, Michele founded The Silent Voice in 2006 and went on to win support from international stars, including Celine Dion and Meat Loaf.

More recently the mum-of-three took her campaign to scrap ‘no blame’ policies in schools to Education Secretary Michael Gove and Prime Minister David Cameron.

She will go up against other inspirational mothers at an awards ceremony in London at the end of the year.

Debbie Chernin, Tesco Mum of the Year manager, said: “We are extremely proud to be holding the awards for the ninth year.

“We have heard many truly incredible stories and it’s been a privilege to recognise these inspirational women.

“Everyone shortlisted has achieved something outstanding and shown selfless devotion to others. Our aim is to show every single mum just how amazing she is.”

On top of campaigning, Michele has worked with South Yorkshire Police and the fire brigade to support their involvement in the Lifewise centre in Rotherham.

Sheffield MP David Blunkett is also a supporter of her work.

Michele said: “Scott was nine going on 10 when the bullying started. I just want to help other parents and stop them from suffering the purgatory that having a bullied child means.”