Com­mit­ment earns Donna mother of the year ti­tle

Southern Telegraph - - NEWS - Chloe Fraser

Like most mums, Donna Hess­ing is a woman of enor­mous strength, pro­vid­ing un­con­di­tional love and sac­ri­fic­ing her own needs and wants to care for her chil­dren.

Over the past few years, the Wel­lard mother of four chil­dren has put her ca­reer on hold to pro­vide her grand­chil­dren with a safe and lov­ing home.

Ms Hess­ing is a full-time fos­ter carer of her three grand­chil­dren — aged two, four, and eight years old.

With two grand­chil­dren al­ready in her care by 2017, Ms Hess­ing said she did not think twice about also tak­ing on her then nine-week-old grand­daugh­ter.

“I picked her up from the hos­pi­tal in March, 2017 — it was my 54th birth­day so she was my spe­cial birth­day present,” she said.

“She was 10 weeks pre­ma­ture, she was tiny. So when I got the call it just wasn’t a ques­tion really.

“I didn’t want her to be sep­a­rate from her brother and sis­ter and to grow up in dif­fer­ent houses. They really needed to stay together.”

De­spite being di­ag­nosed with breast cancer in Oc­to­ber, re­cov­er­ing from a re­cent mas­tec­tomy and un­der­go­ing chemo­ther­apy and ra­di­a­tion treatment, Donna’s grand­chil­dren re­main her No.1 pri­or­ity. She was this month named Western Aus­tralia’s mother of the year.

The 56-year-old was nom­i­nated by her daugh­ter Leah Hobach, who said her mum was the strong­est per­son she knew.

“When I had my first son I was a sin­gle mum and so she let us live with her and ba­si­cally helped me raise him,” she said.

“Even with ev­ery­thing that’s go­ing on at the mo­ment she still gets up ev­ery morn­ing and takes care of her grand­chil­dren and is so sup­port­ive.”

Donna is now vy­ing for na­tional mother of the year, to be an­nounced in Syd­ney on May 9.

It was my 54th birth­day so (my grand­daugh­ter) was my spe­cial birth­day present. Donna Hess­ing

Picture: Josh Wells

Wel­lard’s Donna Hess­ing has been named WA mother of the year, nom­i­nated by her daugh­ter Leah Hobach.

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