'She is one in a million': Family pay tribute to caring Newcastle mum Dorothy Weaver
CARING Dorothy Weaver has spent the last 11 years looking after her daughter after she suffered a stroke.
The 71-year-old of The Avenue, Newcastle is a full-time carer to Lisa and provides round-the-clock care for the 40-year-old.
Dorothy, a retired Inland Revenue employee, moved Lisa back into the family home to help her with the day-to-day chores she can no longer carry out ever since the 2002 stroke.
Now Dorothy's dedication to her family has landed her a nomination in The Sentinel's Mother of the Year competition.
She was put forward by her son, Martin, who says his mum is the most selfless person he knows.
The 36-year-old, from Christchurch Street, Fenton, said: "It is typical of my mother because she always thinks of other people's needs before her own, and is completely selfless.
"Even when it comes to her birthday or Christmas she doesn't really want anything as long as the family are happy."
Martin, a self-employed caterer, described how his mother once juggled visiting three family members in different hospitals.
He said: "I was taken to the University Hospital of North Staffordshire with a bleed on my kidney.
"It was around the same time that my sister suffered a second aneurysm and was in the Haywood Hospital in Burslem.
"My dad was then told that he had terminal cancer and was taken to the City General with only weeks to live.
"All of us were in different hospitals but she still never missed a single visiting session – nothing phases her."
Since Lisa's stroke Dorothy has had adaptations made to her home and is continuing to fight for respite provision from social services.
Martin said: "If it wasn't for my mother, Lisa would have had to go into a home because independent living would not have worked. I know it has been hard for her but she would not have it any other way." However, modest grandmother-of-three Dorothy said the nomination was a complete surprise.
She said: "I think it is just part of being a mother really. I just get up in the morning and get on with it because it is part and parcel of life.
"After my daughter had the stroke I have been her full-time carer because there is no alternative really and we have managed as best we can.
"I was surprised to hear that I have been nominated but it is a nice thought."
Martin also told how his daughters Chantelle, aged 14, Alanis, aged 12, and Harlow, aged four, adore their grandmother.
He said: "She always makes sure the kids don't go short and helped my eldest to go on a school trip to Russia last year.
"I would like to spoil her a bit this year and let her know how important she is.
"Unfortunately, I have never been able to spoil her as much as I would like."
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