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Wednesday, 26 November 2014

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Mum, stepmum and carer becomes queen for a day

‘AH, this is the life.’ That thought has been rolling around the head of Kerry Thompson again and again over the past 24 hours as she was pampered, indulged and generally spoilt rotten.

Mrs Thompson is not a monarch ruling over lands far and near, nor a celebrity with her own TV show, nor an heiress to a great fortune.

She is simply a mother, wife and carer who became “Queen for a Day” yesterday, courtesy of the Evening Mail and some generous local businesses.

And it could scarcely have happened to a nicer, or more deserving, person.

Being the mother of five children and six step-children, as well as wife and carer to her husband Anthony, who uses a wheelchair, the 34-year-old rarely gets a moment of “me time”.

So when she learned she had won the Evening Mail’s competition and would be waited on hand and foot for a whole day, Mrs Thompson could barely contain her excitement.

“I was in complete shock,” she said. “I was in the middle of Ulverston when I heard and was absolutely screaming to my friend that I’d won it.

“It’s absolutely amazing, It’s just mind-blowing. It’s something you’d never imagine.”

Mrs Thompson’s dream day began with the team from Ladybirds coming to clean her Westway home from top to bottom, and continued with Adam Brooks Tree Services giving her garden a makeover. She also had her hair done by the experts at Review and then this morning she and her husband were collected in a Mercedes supplied by Furness Park Motors and chauffeur driven to the Cartmel Races, where the VIP treatment continued.

“I’d never been to the races before,” she said. “I’ve always wanted to go but I’ve never been able to, so it’s a new experience but a really exciting one. I want to thank everybody that’s putting in for this. It’s amazing. It’s absolutely amazing.”

But despite getting a taste of living a life of luxury, Mrs Thompson said she would be happy when things returned to normal. “I’ve missed my job of being a mum, being a wife and being a carer. I was even itching to get up and help with the cleaning.” she said.

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