Clair named as parent of year

Clair Dutton, from Doncaster, is presented with her award for Parent of the Year, alongside son Coby and awards host Jason Mohammad.
Clair Dutton, from Doncaster, is presented with her award for Parent of the Year, alongside son Coby and awards host Jason Mohammad.
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A SUPERMUM who looks after her disabled son while working for a law firm, completing a law degree and volunteering for a disability group has scooped a national parenting award.

Devoted Clair Dutton, 28, was presented with the accolade by national children’s charity Cerebra at a glitzy ceremony at a hotel in the Cotswolds.

She said: “Everyone asks me how I manage to find time but I just like to keep busy and get on with things. I’m always getting told to sit still but I always want to be doing something.

“It was a really lovely ceremony and I was really pleased and proud that my older sister, Kerry, nominated me.”

Clair, of St John’s Road in Balby, is mum to two-year-old Coby, who was born seven weeks premature and suffered a bleed on his brain, resulting in hemiplegia.

Courageous Coby spent five weeks in Doncaster Royal Infirmary and four weeks in Sheffield Children’s Hospital before he needed major surgery at five weeks old.

She said: “It was an awful time but you just need to keep going. Coby is doing really well though he still needs a lot of specialist care.”

Clair has worked incredibly hard to make life easier for her first-born, Coby.

As well as caring for her son - along with partner Ricky Law - Clair works four days a week as a legal assistant at Shaw and Co Solicitors, based in Portland Place, Doncaster.

She also recently completed a law degree by distance learning with the University of East London.

Clair is also treasurer for a group called Route 2000 which offers advice and support to parents of disabled children.

She added: “The group is a great way for parents and carers of children with disabilities to share information and advice.”

Clair was recognised as Cerebra’s Parent of the Year for going that extra mile to build a stable future for her family while still devoting herself to giving her son the care and support he needs.

Looking to the future, Clair added: “I’m thinking about completing more courses and possibly to train as a solicitor.”

This is the fifth year the charity has held an awards ceremony.

Chris Jones, chief executive of Cerebra, said: “I am delighted that we are once again applauding these inspirational people and celebrate their amazing achievements.”

For further information on Cerebra visit www.cerebra.org.uk website.