A MALVERN mum has scooped a regional award after launching a support group for families with children who suffer behavioural problems.
Kimberley Philpotts was one of 12 people recognised at the West Midlands Family Hero Awards which are backed by Take a Break and national charity 4Children.
The mum-of-two boys from Malvern Vale set up What Makes You Different Makes You Special in 2013 after she found it difficult to get support for her son Archie, now six, who was born at 32 weeks with a bleed on the brain.
The group helps families with children who have autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHT), Down’s Syndrome, cerebral palsy and other neurodevelopmental needs.
June Boothby nominated Kim for the award and commended her level of commitment to the cause.
On receiving the accolade Kim said: “It was amazing to be nominated for the award. I was in shock.
“It is nice to be recognised for all the hard work put in.
“My motivation is the children, seeing them happy and socialising in an environment that welcomes them.”
Richard Arnold, from ITV breakfast show Good Morning Britain, presented the gong. He added: “Raising a family is one of life’s most incredible and rewarding experiences but it is also one of the hardest jobs out there and sometimes we all need a bit of extra help.
“The family heroes have inspired and supported children and families from across the UK through difficult times and the awards are an opportunity to celebrate what they have done and say thank you.”