A ‘wacky’ nana has been nominated for a national Tommy’s Award in recognition of the support she gave to her daughter on her tough road to parenthood.
Kate Gillibrand was there to help her daughter Zara every step of the way as she lost two babies before finally becoming pregnant with her son Morten.
Zara and her partner Rob, both 41, had been trying for a baby for a year when Zara fell pregnant in 2010.
They discovered the pregnancy was ectopic and Zara lost one of her fallopian tubes, meaning conceiving was made even harder. The following year Zara suffered a miscarriage and was left heartbroken once again.
Throughout this difficult time Kate, of Chesterfield, was there to help by running Zara’s shop, Printshack, and bringing food for the family.
Zara eventually fell pregnant for a third time and gave birth to Morten in December 2011 with Kate at her side.
Zara said: “After two disappointments I’d reached the point of heartbreak and wasn’t sure if I could try again. My mum was heartbroken too, but she was there for with warm words and soft cuddles and she kept me strong, and hid her own grief.
“She kept me going and she was by my side when Morten was born, which was such a magical moment to share with her after all she’d done for me.
“She’s now an amazing, wacky, energetic grandma and I nominated her for the Grandparents Lifetime Achievement Award because I wouldn’t have become a mum without her love and support along the way.”
Kate said: “I had three healthy kids so to see my only daughter lose two children was very tough. I tried to help Zara in any way I could, mainly by just trying to keep her spirits up.
“To be there at Morten’s birth was amazing and I think that’s why we’re so close now.
“I’m just Nana and enjoy acting like a three year old when he’s with me!”
The Tommy’s Awards ceremony takes place in London on March 20.