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NOW CLOSED Who's your No. 1 person? Share your nomination with Pink Lady apples and win £100 Marks & Spencer voucher or a spa break for two

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KatieBMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 01-Nov-12 09:25:44

The folks at Pink Lady are looking for nominations from Mumsnetters for their "No.1" person. Here's what they say: "We're so proud of the great taste of Pink Lady apples, some say they're too good to share. We'd like to know who you'd give your last Pink Lady to and why they're your No.1 person."

So, do you have an adult family member or adult friend who you has done something special this year? Have they supported you through some difficult times? Maybe they've provided great advice or just been a shoulder to cry on? Perhaps they've had a tough year but you've admired how they've coped with it? Are they always being a good friend to you? Whatever the case may be Pink Lady would love to hear your nominations - you don't have to name them but just describe what they mean to you.

Everyone who adds a nomination to this thread will be entered into a prize draw to win a £100 Marks & Spencer voucher.

Pink Lady Apples also have a special competition running where you can also nominate your No.1 person - and you could win a spa break for you and your No.1 person. Follow this link for more information and full T&Cs.

Thanks and good luck,

MNHQ

helibee Fri 02-Nov-12 07:59:52

My no 1 person without a doubt is my husband. I have a chronic illness and often use a wheelchair. There are times that I cannot even crawl to the bathroom but dh carries me to the toilet and back and unbelievably still finds me incredibly attractive. He lets me hide myself in him when im having an anxiety attack. When im screaming in pain, he rubs me, holds me, tells me funny stories and i know if he could take my pain, he would. He is my grounding. After losing my mum I felt lost and swimming in grief but he is there to carry me through. We face life together, he is my best friend and the most amazing daddy to out 2 wee boys.

Our youngest son had meningitis and septicaemia when he was a few months old earlier this year. Dh made me laugh when he could see that I needed it and he unfailingly supported us all when ds being in hospital was taking its toll on my health.

I'd give him anything in the world but it still wouldnt be enough to say thank you for loving me when I feel unloveable, for being a carer for me and for putting everyone in the world before yourself. If our sons are even half the man you are, then I'll be so proud.

Welovecouscous Fri 02-Nov-12 08:02:24

My mother, who has been a rock for me through a very difficult year of family illnesses. Thank you Mum!

mine would be an old professor who despite not having seen me for years has been massively encouraging and supportive of me moving on from my stay at home with my son years. he has not only written me glowing references but has been really encouraging in emails as to my abilities and character as he sees them. it sounds small but he has made all the difference and i have just landed a fantastic job and return to work in a couple of weeks after 5 years out. he is a large part of why i had the confidence to apply and go through with the group interviews and other daunting parts of the process.

having someone you respect believe in you goes a long way.

PosieParker Fri 02-Nov-12 08:45:02

I would nominate a very dear friend who has lost her husband to MND this year, leaving behind three children (10, 6 & 6). She had fought for six long years ensuring that her husband never missed a second of the childrens' and her love whilst he was still on this earth. Her children are unscathed considering what a terrible loss and tragic death.

Throughout this time she has encouraged me to go professional with my photography and been a real champion of my talents.

Nonio Fri 02-Nov-12 08:45:52

Ok, for me it's my DH.
He has given up everything for me. I have a catatonic breakdown after loosing a baby and breaking my pelvis. He looked after me on his own for a year keeping me out of an institution and new this was the death nail of his career. He has never complained. He has now left his much loved navel career so he can continue to look after me. We are now 3 years in and I am finally on the mend. I am so luck to have him.

pushitreallgood Fri 02-Nov-12 09:22:37

my eldest daughter. she is only 12 but she is so grown up, she helped me through a difficult pregnancy and after the baby was born and i was still very unwell. she is part of the young carers project but doesn't get enough recognition for the amazing things she does for me and her brothers and sisters. we are so lucky to have her and i am amazingly blessed to have been given the gift of a daughter like her.

TheTempest Fri 02-Nov-12 10:56:17

Mine is my mum. I had a very difficult pregnancy/birth/hysterectomy when my DD was born and she picked me up, supported me, accessed help when I had a breakdown and still helps me and loves me unconditionally now.

She has a lot of health issues of her own including Rheumatoid Arthritis, recurrent Pleurisy, ulcers etc. She also looks after my 2 year old niece full time as my Brother and SIL couldn't cope and she was going to be a Looked After Child. She is an amazing woman and we all luff her lots <3

Tamoo Fri 02-Nov-12 12:16:37

Not to copy the poster above but I would give my last apple to my DS. My gran used to tell me how when she was raising her own children (alone, in the 1940s and '50s) she would often have nothing more than an apple to give them, which she would cut in half and give one piece each to the two of them. I like to think that I am raising my son with this in mind: that every little I have is for him. He is a wonderful young man and a joy to parent, and gives meaning to my life even when it is a struggle materially and financially.

magnolia74 Fri 02-Nov-12 12:17:32

My number 1 is my amazing mum smile

My dad has terminal cancer, currently in hospital after another chest infection and steroids iv to try and stop the bone cancer from paralysing him for the last few weeks/months of his life sad

My mum is still working as there is not enough financial help for them, I have never heard her complain even once during the last 4 years that she has supported him through primary cancer, remission and then the dreaded secondary terminal cancer.

Today for example she is working from 9am to 3pm as a career for the elderly, to then come home walk the dogs have a quick cuppa and off to the hospital until 8pm which is an hours drive in traffic.

She has spent her life caring for others but never ever accepts help and is the most strongest wonderful person on the planet ( along with my lovely dad and husband grin )

Actually it doesn't matter if she doesn't win as its just nice to write it down and acknowledge how much I love her!!

MissZombRee Fri 02-Nov-12 12:40:30

I would definitely nominate my DP. He's had a tough year with constant back troubles, for which he's now being urgently tested for bone marrow defects. He's coping with it admirably and is also a wonderful father to DS (7yrs) and DD (9months).

CheeryCherry Fri 02-Nov-12 14:07:55

I would nominate my DH, he is the most patient, thoughtful and kind person, always thinking of everybody else, taking on everyone else's worries. He's not in good health but he's my number one.

glitch Fri 02-Nov-12 16:32:10

My number one person is my best friend who I have known for the last 30 years (gosh, are we that old!?!).
She has had a tough time herself over the years but is always there to support me no matter what she is going through herself.
We share laughs, tears, wine, chocolate and being rubbish at the daily telegraph crossword and is a rock in my world when the rest of it falls apart.

HoneyDragon Fri 02-Nov-12 17:49:15

The Lady who held my hand on the bus when my Mum suddenly phoned to tell me she had cancer.

She was sat next to me and as I was trying to talk quietly and not cry for my Mums sake simply reached out to pat my hand and never let go. She asked my when I was off the bus if I was Ok and wanted her to stay with me and I shook my head and mouthed "no" and "thank you".

I will never know who she was, and I never gave her the thanks she deserved for her warmth and kindness that day. But I'll never forget.
thanks

JustFabulous Fri 02-Nov-12 18:18:46

That has made me tear up HoneyDragon. I hope your Mum is doing okay.

HoneyDragon Fri 02-Nov-12 18:40:11

She's been in remission for 18 months smile

JaquelineHyde Fri 02-Nov-12 20:09:59

HoneyDragon what a wonderful thing to hear, it restores my faith in mankind.

I'm glad your Mum is doing well.

JustFabulous Fri 02-Nov-12 20:15:40

Lovely news, HD.

HoneyDragon Fri 02-Nov-12 20:17:12

smile

skyebluezombie Fri 02-Nov-12 21:17:52

I would have to nominate my mum. She has been a tower of strength since my husband walked out on me earlier this year. She has helped me financially, emotionally and with childcare. I quite honestly could not manage without her.

SleeveOfWizard Fri 02-Nov-12 21:41:10

I nominate my sister. I live around 250 miles away and she has been there for my parents who are in their 80's, moreso over the last few months as Dad had an accident. She moved in with Mum whilst Dad was in hospital. She is coping remarkably well under the strain (has health issues of her own) and to be honest without her help Dad would have had to go into a nursing home to recuperate. He's now on the road to recovery and I feel it would not have been so soon had it not been for her help. She has also offered to help our aunt who has cancer, so that she won't have to spend her last days in a hospice. I know she will continue to be there for Mum when auntie's final day comes. It is such a comfort knowing that she is able to be there when I can't.

rufus5 Fri 02-Nov-12 22:56:22

I nominate my mum. She's been an absolute rock to our whole family for years, always calm in a crisis and there when you need her. She always puts herself out for others and nothing is too much trouble for her. She has set me such an example that I am trying to live out for my children. When she was diagnosed with cancer she remained positive and all through the really tough treatments she never complained, never made a fuss, and made such an effort to enjoy as normal a life as possible. She's amazing.

KrispyCakehead Sat 03-Nov-12 00:07:32

My nomination is my disabled child's carer.. he is v hard work with challenging behaviour (read: aggression) but she is devoted to him and to planning fun and stimulating activities for him.

She frequently goes over and above in so many ways even having him unpaid for part of Christmas day so that we can manage to eat a family Christmas dinner.

She has recently been in bad health and has insisted on helping me plan alternative childcare options from her hospital bed!!

I would not find another one like her.... .

SchrodingersUndeadMew Sat 03-Nov-12 15:09:24

My number 1 person is my DGM, my Father died when I was 3 and my Mother left, my DGF died shortly after and my DGM brought me up from very young on her own.

I have struggled with disability since I was 10 or 11 and she has always been there fighting for me and I still live with her and she helps me a lot, even through times when I was a teenager and very hard work she has never given up on me, most would have.

She is nearly 69 and still works nightshifts as an Auxilliary Nurse as she has supported me for years and when I have been unable to work.

She is the most caring person I have ever met.

ziggers Sat 03-Nov-12 15:49:56

My Dad is amazing. Now he is retired, he spends his time helping other people. He runs a group to support refugees and asylum seekers, he volunteers at a school and at a homeless shelter. He helps me and my DH with the children. He is truly an inspiration.

gingercat12 Sat 03-Nov-12 19:01:39

My DH. I had a major health-scare at the beginning of the year, and he supported me in changing my ways and losing 2 stones. He never criticised, just been there and helped me have the time.

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