ANN-MARIE LYONS-MUMMERY, BCAc
Ann-Marie is a mother-of- two who founded a support group for parents of children with special needs, while also raising thousands of pounds for charity.
She has taken on various voluntary roles in the community whilst also caring for her son George, 16, and Ollie, nine, who has extremely complex and special needs. Ollie has been diagnosed with autism, ADHD, Oppositional Defiance Disorder, multiple anxiety disorders, Tourettes syndrome, depression and is currently under investigation for Scoliosis of the spine.
Although she is Ollie’s main carer, Ann-Marie volunteers for Home Start and First Step which help families with young children with severe medical conditions. Determined to ensure other parents didn’t face the same lonely struggle she had faced when Ollie was younger, she set up SEN Coffee – a special group to support parents of children with special needs where they could celebrate their children’s achievements and lean on each when times get difficult.
Her nominator said: “Ann-Marie’s altruism seems endless. Although she has two sons of her own, she thinks of and cares for others extensively, leaving little or no time for herself.”
Nominated by: Ellen Lyons-Corr