AFTER so many heartwarming and moving entries, we are proud to announce Olga Orlandini as Solihull News’ Mum in a Million.
The inspirational 37-year-old, who has become a fervent fundraiser for Birmingham Children’s Hospital since losing her two-year-old son in 2005, was nominated by her daughter Olivia Orlandini-Field.
Lode Heath pupil Olivia, aged 15, said: “My mum has had so much sadness in the last 10 years.
“I know most people would not have coped but not my mum - she is very strong. My younger brother GianLuca was born in 2003 and suffered from severe learning difficulties and also had Williams Syndrome (a rare neurodevelopmental disorder). My mum was amazing and looked after his needs 24 hours a day.
“Sadly, on May 22, 2005, my brother suffered a massive heart attack and passed away.
“My mum was so sad but I know she didn’t want us to see her upset.”
That year, hairdresser Olga began holding events to raise awareness and money for Birmingham Children’s Hospital and Williams Syndrome, but would always show Olivia, and her six-year-old brother Massimo, just how much they were loved.
“She did four big charity dinner dance events, she was just amazing and I know that all the money raised has helped so many kids in memory of my brother.
“My mum decided then that she would train for the Birmingham Half Marathon and she did just that.
“She trained hard and did her first one in October 2011 raising over £1,000 for Birmingham Children’s Hospital.
“Then she did it again last year and raised even more! To say she is my mum is something I am very proud of. She has coped and dealt with all her sadness so well and always wants the best for me and my little brother.
“Most people go through life without any heartache and never give anything or help anyone. My mum is one in a million, there is no one like her and I love her very much and I want her to know that.
“She so deserves it and my little brother Massimo and myself are very, very proud of her.”
l As our Mum in a Million, Olga, from Bramcote Drive, Solihull, wins £100 of shopping vouchers, courtesy of Touchwood Shopping Centre.