Over the last year ACE Gentle has been searching the length and breadth of the country to find Britain’s ACE Parents and has announced that a Thirsk mum has been named as one of its four winners.
Having been crowned Yorkshire’s ACE Parent earlier in the year, Hilary Minter was chosen as one of Britain’s best due to her devotion to not only her own children and grandchildren, but also to other families throughout her career as a midwife and counsellor.
Having recently retired, Hilary spent her working life devoted to the caring role of mother, whether that was to her own or someone else’s children.
She was nominated by her husband, Mike, who describes her as caring, empathic, generous and fun loving.
Having initially trained as a Norland Nanny, Hilary worked in France caring for three children before returning to England and training as a midwife helping to deliver hundreds of babies.
When her own children were seven and three years old, her first husband died suddenly.
Due to her own experience of bereavement, Hilary began counselling parents whose babies tragically died at birth as part of her midwife responsibilities.
She then went on to train as a counsellor and had a variety of roles such as working with terminally ill patients and their families, including their children, at three hospices in the North East.
Hilary is now a carer for her mum and is actively involved in the lives of her own children, grandchildren and step children.
ACE Gentle liaised with Hilary’s husband, Mike, to arrange for him to surprise her with the news that she had been chosen as a Britain’s ACE Parent.
Mike announced that ACE had organized for them both to enjoy a spa treatment, dinner and the night at the Feversham Arms luxury hotel so that Hilary could spend some time on herself for a change.
Hilary added: “I consider myself like any other mum, only wanting the best for my children and those in my care. I want to say a massive thank you to my husband Mike.”