Ipswich mum is nation's best

DAUGHTERS might drive their mothers up the wall sometimes, but Michelle Banhamhas got her mum driving in style on the road.The 22-year-old university student entered her mother, Ann, into a Mother's Day competition to find Britain's Super Mum.

DAUGHTERS might drive their mothers up the wall sometimes, but Michelle Banhamhas got her mum driving in style on the road.

The 22-year-old university student entered her mother, Ann, into a Mother's Day competition to find Britain's Super Mum.

She used the slogan "always loving, always fair, always caring, always there" to describe her mother – and won her a new Hyundai Getz supermini.

Miss Banham, from Ipswich, said: "My mum is always going in for competitions and it has rubbed off on me. I saw this one in a national newspaper and decided to have a go.


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"She's done a lot for me and she's my mum, that's why I entered it. You have got to be in it to win it, although I couldn't believe it when I heard we had won."

Mrs Banham, an administrator at Suffolk College, was chosen from thousands of entries for the title of Super Mum.

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She has been able to get rid of her old purple metro since she received the keys of the 1.1 GSI, which was named budget car of the year in What Car? magazine.

"I was absolutely over the moon when I found out I had won the Getz," she said.

"Like most mums, before my daughter could drive, I provided an unofficial taxi service for her, so it's quite fitting that she should win a car for me."

Mrs Banham added: "It's also a great honour to be thought of as a 'super mum'. My own mother sadly died when I was young, and a family friend took me under her wing.

"She was always there with advice and guidance and I like to think that I've modelled myself on her, so this is also a tribute to her.

"Thanks to my new Getz I hope to be able to visit both her and my daughter more often."

Nigel Wright, general manager of Turners Hyundai in Ipswich, said: "The Getz model is the choice of a lot of mums, so it's particularly appropriate for a 'super mum'."

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