A mother-of-five has been crowned ‘Mum of the Year’ after a touching tribute from her seven-year-old son.

Heather Murphy, from Fern Gore, Accrington, said she was ‘stunned’ to scoop the title in a competition run by the Oswaldtwistle-based charity Global.

Mrs Murphy’s youngest son, Peter, won the judges over with a heartfelt letter in which he said his mum had ‘two hearts’ because she was so kind.

The 44-year-old said: "It was touching just to be nominated.

"It’s wonderful to know your children think so much of you.”

Mrs Murphy, a director of Hyndburn Homes, won a studio family portrait session, an overnight stay at the Dunkenhalgh Hotel and a pampering session.