National award for mum who has been inspiration since tragic loss
A MUM who brought up two children after she was widowed and helps run the family business has won a national award for her parenting.
Hayley Cox was named Inspirational Mother 2013 at an awards ceremony held at the plush Mayfair Hotel in London.
The 43-year-old from Bradley Stoke proudly received her trophy from Coronation Street actress Michelle Collins, as her family watched with pride. The award is run by Inspiration Awards for Women with the Caron Keating Foundation.
Hayley, of Saxon Way, said: "My mum sent in the nomination form and she didn't tell me at first.
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"I've never liked being the centre of attention – she was just doing what mums do best I suppose.
"We didn't find out I had been short-listed until the final deadline day, so I wasn't expecting to win.
"It was absolutely fantastic, though, it was a lovely night."
Hayley's husband Adrian died from pancreatic cancer, aged 52, in October 2010.
"When you go through hard times it changes you as a person," she said. "To lose the backbone of our family – the man I had been with since I was 17 – was amazingly hard for us all.
"He was the person I admired and respected most – he was just a really strong person. It all happened so quickly. Adrian was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and died within six weeks. It was an absolutely massive shock, but you can either fall to pieces or be strong for the kids.
"Adrian instilled such good values in them and we always put them first. They also gave me the strength to keep going and Adrian would be so proud of them. They astound me with their strength."
Hayley's children are testament to her, and Adrian's parenting.
Natalie, 19, is studying business and marketing at the University of the West of England and Chris, 13, is excelling at Bradley Stoke Community School.
As well as raising the family, Hayley has continued with the family business – Octavius Hunt – founded in 1870 and one of the oldest manufacturers in the country.
The business based in Redfield makes pyrotechnic products and Hayley is a director, with both her mum Jan Reynolds and Adrian former managing directors.
Jan, who lives with husband Mike in Portbury, said in her nomination: "Hayley is not only a wonderful inspiration to her two children, but also to everyone else who knows what she has gone through since the death of Adrian. She was at her husband's side almost constantly from the time he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer until he died.
"Throughout this time she ensured her children's lives continued as normally as possible by insisting they continued their studies and involvement in sporting activities.
"She has carried on doing this since Adrian died, which has resulted in both her children continuing to excel at school and more recently her daughter at university."