Spice Girl and Hillsborough mum honoured at awards

Melanie Chisholm (Mel C) arriving at the Tesco Mum of the Year Awards 2013,
Mel C arriving at today's Tesco Mum of the Year Awards. Photo: Matt Crossick/Empics Entertainment

Former Spice Girl Melanie C and Hillsborough campaigner Margaret Aspinall have been recognised as standout mums in a special awards ceremony.

The pop singer won this year's Tesco Celebrity Mum of the Year award at a special ceremony at the Savoy Hotel in London.

The 39-year-old mum-of-one said she was "really chuffed" to pick up the award. But she admitted that arranging her childcare since she started performing in the Andrew Lloyd Webber production of Jesus Christ Superstar was quite challenging.

It brings a whole new set of problems with the jigsaw puzzle of childcare and the guilt you feel from being away. So that's interesting and it's something you're constantly working on, getting the balance right.

– Melanie Chisholm

Mrs Aspinall, who lost her 18-year-old son James during the Hillsborough disaster, was named Campaigning Mum of the Year.

She leads the Hillsborough Family Support Group and was at the forefront of a campaign to uncover police files on the fatal crush in the stands of the Hillsborough Stadium in 1989.

Margaret Aspinall has campaigned for justice following the Hillsborough disaster.
Margaret Aspinall has campaigned for more than 20 years for justice following the Hillsborough disaster. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Speaking after collecting her award Mrs Aspinall said:

We can't get our loved ones back, but we can get what we achieved, which is the truth. I think it's a good legacy to leave behind because this can never be allowed to happen again to anyone.

Seven women picked up awards at the celebrity bash, which will be shown on Channel 5 on Mothering Sunday.

Louis Smith and his mum at the awards
Olympics star Louis Smith and his mum at the awards. Credit: Matt Crossick/Empics Entertainment
Michelle Heaton and her mother arriving at the Tesco Mum of the Year Awards 2013,
Singer Michelle Heaton and her mother posed for photographs. Credit: Matt Crossick/Empics Entertainment
David Haye and his mum Jane arriving for the Tesco Mum of the Year Awards
Heavyweight boxer David Haye and his mum Jane were also present. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire