Mona Horsefield is Lancashire Telegraph's Christmas Angel

Mona with her prizes, and Mary Manning, who nominated her, Debra Houldsworth (deputy commercial manager, Blackburn Markets) and Laura Coughlin (The Mall marketing manager).

Mona with her prizes, and Mary Manning, who nominated her, Debra Houldsworth (deputy commercial manager, Blackburn Markets) and Laura Coughlin (The Mall marketing manager).

First published in News Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Crime reporter

A PENSIONER who has cared for her disabled daughter for almost 60 years has been named the Lancashire Telegraph’s Christmas Angel.

Mona Horsefield was nominated for the award by her friend Mary Manning, who thought the 89-year-old deserved recognition for her commitment to helping others.

She looks after her daughter Valerie, who suffers mobility problems because of complications when she was born, as well as helping out in the community and at St George’s Church, in the Mill Hill area of Blackburn. Mrs Horsefield, of Brookway, said: “Winning has taken my breath away. Whoever said I could have all of these prizes is wonderful.

“When I am helping people, I do not think about it and when it comes to you taking it, it is so different.

“I have helped a lot of people, but I am only ordinary like anybody else.

“Valerie says that I am a terrific mum, the best mum in the world, but she is the best daughter and I love her with every part of me.”

Among the host of prizes Mrs Horsefield was given as part of the Telegraph competition, in conjunction with The Mall, in Blackburn and Blackburn Markets, were a fruit basket from Scott Stewart's Fruit and Veg, an iPod docking station donated by Ainsworths and a £50 voucher for Crawfords Cards.

Mary, who met widow Mrs Horsefield as a carer but continued to visit the pair long after they needed her help, said: “They have made the right choice because Mona has never had anything, but she is always helping people.

“She is amazing!”

Debra Houldsworth, deputy commercial manager at Blackburn Markets, said: “It was a pleasure meeting Mona, she is a wonderful lady.

“She is definitely one special angel.”

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1:11pm Wed 25 Dec 13

billy32 says...

She seems to be a lovely mother to her daughter, hope she has a great christmas and an even better 2014. I wish her all the best......
She seems to be a lovely mother to her daughter, hope she has a great christmas and an even better 2014. I wish her all the best...... billy32
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1:29pm Wed 25 Dec 13

glossopkid says...

What a heartwarming article!!!!!!!
What a heartwarming article!!!!!!! glossopkid
  • Score: 1

3:46pm Wed 25 Dec 13

You're not mugging me off that easily says...

glossopkid wrote:
What a heartwarming article!!!!!!!
Absolutely.

Merry Christmas Glossopdude!
[quote][p][bold]glossopkid[/bold] wrote: What a heartwarming article!!!!!!![/p][/quote]Absolutely. Merry Christmas Glossopdude! You're not mugging me off that easily
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11:14pm Wed 25 Dec 13

noddy57 says...

billy32 wrote:
She seems to be a lovely mother to her daughter, hope she has a great christmas and an even better 2014. I wish her all the best......
talk of dedication,,this lady is a wonderful example of a mothers love for her child and in deed for her grown up daughter she now is but l think she has surpassed her duties and set an example for us all,,l hope she has a wonderful new year and her daughter too,,they deserve it,
[quote][p][bold]billy32[/bold] wrote: She seems to be a lovely mother to her daughter, hope she has a great christmas and an even better 2014. I wish her all the best......[/p][/quote]talk of dedication,,this lady is a wonderful example of a mothers love for her child and in deed for her grown up daughter she now is but l think she has surpassed her duties and set an example for us all,,l hope she has a wonderful new year and her daughter too,,they deserve it, noddy57
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11:01am Thu 26 Dec 13

You're not mugging me off that easily says...

3 for 10p wrote:
I bet she's enjoying all the benefits as well
I would quite enjoy watching you choke on a turkey bone.
[quote][p][bold]3 for 10p[/bold] wrote: I bet she's enjoying all the benefits as well[/p][/quote]I would quite enjoy watching you choke on a turkey bone. You're not mugging me off that easily
  • Score: 2

11:02am Thu 26 Dec 13

You're not mugging me off that easily says...

You're not mugging me off that easily wrote:
3 for 10p wrote:
I bet she's enjoying all the benefits as well
I would quite enjoy watching you choke on a turkey bone.
Or my boot.
[quote][p][bold]You're not mugging me off that easily[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]3 for 10p[/bold] wrote: I bet she's enjoying all the benefits as well[/p][/quote]I would quite enjoy watching you choke on a turkey bone.[/p][/quote]Or my boot. You're not mugging me off that easily
  • Score: 2

11:40am Thu 26 Dec 13

woodyads says...

3 for 10p wrote:
I bet she's enjoying all the benefits as well
Mona is a wonderful lady; a true angel - one who has spent her life putting others before herself and never considering her own needs.
Nasty snide comments from faceless yellow cowards will not change that, thankfully.
[quote][p][bold]3 for 10p[/bold] wrote: I bet she's enjoying all the benefits as well[/p][/quote]Mona is a wonderful lady; a true angel - one who has spent her life putting others before herself and never considering her own needs. Nasty snide comments from faceless yellow cowards will not change that, thankfully. woodyads
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