Caring Bridget’s our Mother’s Day contest winner
FROM the age of ten Bridget McCann has dedicated her life to looking after others in her family.
And even now, at 80 years old, she’s still caring for her wheelchair-bound son, Bernard who suffers from cerebral palsy.
Bridget is a mum-in-a-million and has been chosen as the winner of the Cardwell Garden Centre Mother’s Day contest.
The garden centre, near Gourock had asked people to tell them on their Facebook Page why their mum was the best and why she deserved a slap-up meal for four and a big bouquet.
There were more than 130 entries and Bridget, of Maclehose Court, Greenock was chosen as the winner after she was nominated by her daughter, Annemarie Tegg, who said:
“My mum has always cared for others since the age of ten when she lost her own mum and helped look after two brothers and younger sister.
“Later she took her dad to stay with her after he had a stroke even though she already had three kids and one on the way, who was me.
“Nothing is a bother to her and 40 years ago my brother was born with cerebral palsy and is confined to a wheelchair. My mum continues to be his 24-hour carer even though she turned 80 in December.”
Annemarie, 49, from Nimmo Street, Greenock added: “Every mum is special to their children, but my mum is simply marvelous, especially being a carer at her age.”
Bridget, who has seven children, 14 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren didn’t even know Annemarie had entered her into the Cardwell Garden Centre contest.
She said: “It was a huge surprise when Annemarie told me I had won this contest and I had a tear in my eye because I was so happy.
“I’m lucky because my health is good and I go everywhere with my family and I enjoy walking. I was even still driving up till I turned 80.
“All my children are good to me and looking after Bernard keeps me going.”
Paul Carmichael, retail manager at Cardwell Garden Centre says: “We had a fantastic response to our Facebook competition and it was really difficult to choose a winner because it’s quite apparent there are a lot of brilliant mums out there.
“But Bridget’s story really touched us and we reckon she deserved all the TLC we gave her when she visited our Patio Restaurant.”