TODAY is your last chance to enter our Gwent’s Best Mum competition.
You have until 5pm today to tell us why your mum deserves to be crowned the winner. The winning mother will receive the prize of a champagne afternoon tea for four at the Celtic Manor Resort.
Alison Gale from Magor was nominated by her children for the award. In their nomination they said “She is the kindest, considerate mum anyone could wish for.”
Fifty-year-old Mrs Gale has been a foster mother since she was in her 20s. As well as her own children she has a massive extended family that live in the Newport area.
Her daughter Leah Gale said: “I grew up with other children and they were like our biological siblings. Mum has had a massive impact on so many lives. She is looking after three boys at the moment and they have been with us for a number of years, so they are part of our family.”
Mrs Gale received the news that she has stage three breast cancer on December 22, 2016.
She said: “My life was turned upside down that day. The worst thing was coming home from hospital and having tell all my family. Seeing them all upset and distressed was harder than anything.
“I have to beat this for my children because I want to see them grow. I want to see them get married and I want to see my grandchildren grow up. I feel OK in myself, I don’t feel ill. I think there is always somebody worse off than you.”
Her daughter Leah Gale added: “She’s doing really well. It is hard and she does get down days, but she is more positive than anyone else. We worry about her, but she puts her head down and gets on with it. I can’t believe how amazing she has been.”
As well as dealing with cancer the family have experienced a few tough times recently. Mrs Gale's granddaughter Darcy was born with septicaemia and she was in hospital for a few months.
“We are lucky that she pulled through, so I want to be here to see her grow. Then Ben, my son-in-law who is Darcy’s dad, had an operation and that turned to blood poisoning and we almost lost him. Then my dad had a motorbike accident, so they are all very lucky to be here.”
Mrs Gale says she is determined to fight for her children and extended family.
“I just got to keep busy and keep going,” she said. “You have to keep going because of your family.”
To enter our competition we want you to send us a photo of you together and tell us - in up to 200 words - why your mum is the best around.
Email your photo and up to 200 words to firstname.lastname@example.org along with your name, age, where you and your mum are from and a contact telephone number.
Alternatively, send your entries to Newsdesk, South Wales Argus, Cardiff Road, Newport, NP20 3QN marked as 'Mother’s Day competition'.
Entries will only be accepted from sons and daughters living in Newport, Torfaen, Monmouthshire, Blaenau Gwent and Caerphilly, whose mums also live in these areas.
Winners will be notified before Mother’s Day and will be featured online and in print. Prizes to be taken any time after Mother's Day, subject to availability. Normal Argus competition rules apply.
To find out more about Mother's Day treats and gifts at Celtic Manor, visit celtic-manor.com/mothers-day