Inspirational mother receives award

Honour: Joanne Clarke, centre, with TV's Arlene Phillips, and Magic FM radio DJ Neil Fox.
Honour: Joanne Clarke, centre, with TV's Arlene Phillips, and Magic FM radio DJ Neil Fox.
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A MULTI-tasking mum has been crowned a regional family hero for her dedication to the community.

Selfless Joanne Clarke juggles running the Salvation Army in Dinnington, family life with her husband Leslie and children, organising a youth club, taking food to struggling families and helping the over-60s.

Her twins Zac and Danielle, now six, were born prematurely. As a result Zac has dyspraxia and Danielle has problems hearing. Joanne also looks after her severely disabled adopted sister.

She won her top plaudit, Family Hero for Yorkshire and Humber, in this year’s 4Children and Take a Break Family Heroes Awards.

Inspirational Joanne, 40, said: “I was amazed, just shocked really that somebody had thought to nominate me. I just do what I do.”

The awards, given at a glittering ceremony in London, were launched to find Britain’s greatest heroes who go the extra mile to make life better for others.

Anne Longfield, chief executive of 4Children, said: “Joanne is one of those incredible people who just never sits down.

“She is a family hero because she steps forward to help when others are hesitant. All of us can find opportunities to help others in our communities – just like Joanne.”