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Sabina Iqbal won Tesco magazine Mum of the Year Award 2010


Sabina Iqbal won Tesco magazine Mum of the Year Award

For the 5th year, Tesco magazine honours UK mums at the Tesco magazine Mum of the Year awards. The awards recognise the achievements of exceptional mums whose love, dedication, bravery or kindness has touched the lives of the people around them. Sabina Iqbal has been presented with the Charitable Mum of the Year award by Natasha Kaplinsky, Channel Five News Presenter and hosted by Fiona Phillilp, for her dedication and commitment to help others.

A record number of 4,000 nominations was received by Tesco magazine and the Tesco magazine website. This year nine winners were chosen across a number of different categories by a panel of judges including the Prime Minister’s wife, Sarah Brown, who is patron of the awards.

Sabina Iqbal is deaf and has two hearing children; she has long felt that deaf parents are isolated by a lack of support, especially new parents. As a result Sabina has dedicated her time to providing information and support networks for families affected by deafness and deaf parents of hearing children.

In 2001 Sabina founded Deaf Parenting UK, the first ever charity run by deaf parents for deaf parents. Her work for this fantastic cause has included; creating an informative video to inform deaf parents of their rights, creating and raising the profile of new website, giving presentations and talks to parents in need of advice and arranging family days where people can meet others in a similar situation to themselves.

Sabina has also written a book called, ‘Pregnancy and Birth: A Guide for Deaf Women’, the first of its kind in the UK, following anecdotes of deaf women who had encountered difficulties while being in hospital giving birth.

Sabina is dedicated to providing support for deaf parents and as a result has been recognised within the UK and internationally through the success of her projects.

The Tesco magazine Mum of the Year Awards took place on Sunday 28 February 2010 at The Waldorf Hilton in London with some star-studded celebrities including Patsy Palmer, Lucy Benjamin, Jo Joyner, Jessica Wallace (some cast from East Ender), Linda Lusardi (Emmerdale), Linda Robson (Bird of a Feather) Bruno Tonioli (Judge of Strictly Comes Dancing), Gordon Brown, Prime Minister and his wife Sarah and entertainment provided by singer Gabriella Cilmi, Austrailian star and Texas singer Sharleen Spiteri.  

Sabina also attended a special meeting with Sarah Brown at Number 10 on the following morning, with the other mums including Tana Ramsay – celebrity mum of the year (wife of Gordon Ramsay) to celebrate their fantastic achievements.

Her interview in Tesco magazine (March/April 2010 Edition) is now out – to read more, click here or pick up your copy from your local store:

More information of her star-studded awards and interview among other mums will be in the next Tesco Magazine May/June 2010 Edition – watch this space.

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