A Bewdley mum who gives everything to support her sons’ sporting dreams is celebrating after claiming a £1,000 prize in a national competition by pub restaurant Chef & Brewer.

Mum-of-two Melanie Annis was picked out by judges as part of Chef & Brewer’s Champion of Champions campaign, which looks to recognise and reward those who give everything to support future sporting talent.

The campaign was fronted by Elaine Petch, mother of triple Olympic medal-winning gymnast Louis Smith, who has dedicated so much of her own life to support her son’s sporting dreams.

Melanie was nominated by her own mum, Sandra Edwards, for the dedication she shows to her sons, aged six and eight, who aspire to compete in the Youth Winter Olympics.

Alongside 300 mile round-trips up to four times a month for training, Melanie also takes the boys to weekly trampolining, football and gymnastics sessions. She somehow manages to fit all of this around working as a paramedic.

The competition entries were so strong judges decided to reward two runners-up, Analeen Jarman who was nominated for her dedication to aspiring gymnast son and Sue Halliday who was nominated for her commitment to her daughter’s canoe training. Both runners-up received a meal for four at their local Chef & Brewer.

A spokesperson for Chef & Brewer said: “It’s been a memorable summer for everybody and we wanted to give something back to those who go out of their way to support future sporting talent.

“We were inundated with high quality entries and there were some fantastic stories of just how far people go to support the dreams of others. Melanie’s story stood out above all the others so she was a fitting winner and I’m sure the family will enjoy a well-deserved party at Chef & Brewer.”

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