AIMEE Holmes has been crowned as the best mum in the country.

In last week’s Guardian we revealed the 21-year-old Mid-Cheshire College photography student had been named North West mum of the year.

But now she has secured the national prize after a public vote.

As a result, the mum-of-three will jet off to France for a two-week holiday, courtesy of travel firm Siblu.

Aimee said: “I’m really thrilled to have won the Mum of the Year Award. I didn't think I stood a chance, but I also now feel like all my hard work has been recognised.

“I believe it is important to help make young people aware of what being a parent is like, but also to try to change the way we are perceived as parents and to help make a difference to the support services in general.

“My plan is to develop a workshop pack which can be used across the country to help other young parents, which in turn they can bring to the support of others.”

Aimee was nominated North West Mum of the Year after judges were impressed with her combination of raising children, her voluntary work and continuing her studies.

Siobhan Freegard, founder of Netmums, who ran the competition, said: “There is so much stereotyping of teen mums and Aimee blasts through all that with her wonderful, positive activism.

“Young mums is a group the Government is keen to engage with and support but teenagers don’t want to listen to ‘fuddy duddy’ tell-you-what-to-do oldies, they will be much more receptive to a young mum who has been where they are and made a success of it.

“I hope we can bring Aimee's model to the attention of the Government with a view to supporting the development of similar programmes throughout the country.”

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