A CHESTER bride is proud of her mum who has been a rock for her daughter and son-in-law in times of crisis.
Janine Smith, of Flint Road in Saltney Ferry, has nominated her mother Alma Mulholland for the Proud of Flintshire awards being featured in our sister paper the Flintshire Chronicle.
Janine, 31, who works in Lloyds TSB in Hoole, Chester, says she 'cannot find the words' to express how proud she is of Alma who has been there for advice and practical support for her and husband Stewart, 35, who suffered a brain haemorrhage 18 months ago.
Janine explained: 'I got engaged on Christmas Day, 2004, to Stewart - the date for the wedding was set for May 11 in Cyprus.
'In October 2005, without any warning, Stewart suffered a brain haemorrhage and stroke. He spent 19 days in a coma and the doctors at one stage only gave him 12 hours to live.
'My mum was a constant presence during all of this, staying with me at the hospital throughout the week and only going home at weekends.
'I could not have got through the nine months during which Stewart was in hospital without my mum's love, care and support.'
There was a happy ending as Stewart and Janine married in November 2006.
Janine explained: 'My mum was there again for me throughout all the preparations. Our wedding was a wonderful, emotion-filled day which has given us memories which we will treasure.
'Having to work full-time myself, mum ensures Stewart receives the assistance required in most day-to-day activities. This enables him to lead as full and normal a life as possible.'