Essex Baby are delighted to reveal that hard working mum Sarah Roe has been named as the site’s first ever Mother of the Year!

Sarah was nominated for the award by her 14-year-old daughter, Holly, who said that, despite running three businesses and raising three children, her mum “always has time for others.”

Sarah, from Maldon, was overwhelmed when she heard that she had been awarded the title of Mother of the Year. She said: “I cannot tell you how excited I was to see this [news] and how surprised to hear that holly took time to nominate me.”

Community Spirit

Community-minded Sarah is a “hands-on” employers who juggles business with family life.  On top of this, she regularly arranges events for local families to attend free of charge, often opening up her own home for the occasions.

Despite leaving school at a young age, Sarah has worked hard to turn her life into a success story.

She told us: “I left school at 13 no qualifications or self-esteem. I was home schooled and went into business with my mum selling rear breed animals. At 18 I met my husband and had 3 children. I looked after them for 10 years whilst getting my childcare and horse qualifications.

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Sarah with her children, Robert, Holly, and William

“When my youngest was three, I opened Small Steps Day Care on my own, which received ‘good’ on my first Ofsted inspection, then ‘outstanding’ on my second. After 4 years I opened a full livery yard and a year ago took over a tanker company.

“I have just started putting together a magazine advertising businesses to raise money for cancer research. The family take part in sponsored rides to raise money and I try and put on events for local families sponsored by us each year, so people can get together and have fun.”

The busy mum is married to Brian Roe and is also mum to Robert, 15, and William, aged 11.

About the Essex Baby Mother of the Year Award

The Essex Baby Mother of the Year Award aims to recognise the women of Essex who bring so much to their families and homes, as well as to their communities. The Essex Baby team are proud to honour and support the accomplishments and inspirational lives of deserving mums across the county.

Tamsin Malone, founder of Essex Baby, said: “We received a wonderful response to our call for nominations, which demonstrates just how many amazing mums there are in the region.

“We have been introduced to some incredible women who are changing lives for the better and inspiring many others.

“It was so difficult to choose just one winner. We extend our warmest gratitude to all of our nominees – they are all champions in our eyes.”

A Luxury Prize

Sarah will now receive a fabulous prize of dinner, bed and breakfast for two at the luxurious and recently refurbished Down Hall Country House Hotel.

A spokesperson for Down Hall said: “At Down Hall Country House Hotel and Spa, we continue to offer local support to worthy causes and charities and are delighted to be involved in Essex Baby’s first Mother of the Year Award 2016.

“Along with its brand new spa, AA Rosette-awarded restaurant, stunning landscaped gardens and luxurious bedrooms, we hope our boutique hotel will provide the most idyllic country escape from the chaos of normal life to a very special Mum!”