12/03/2015 11:51 GMT | Updated 20/05/2015 06:12 BST

Mum Disqualified From 'Punching Above Your Weight' Contest Because Husband Is Dead


A mum-of-two was disqualified from a 'Punching Above Your Weight' contest – because her husband is dead.

Widow Andrea Bedlington sent in a photo of herself and Andrew on their wedding day saying he was much better looking than her.

To her delight, the 36-year-old got through to final round. When she was invited to meet the competition's organisers, Metro Radio, she took Andrew's urn with her.

It was then that the station realised Andrew had died 18 months ago when he was just 41.

And, unfortunately, the competition rules stipulated that a condition of entry was for the couple to turn up to the radio studio together.

Understandably, Andrea was hurt by the snub - especially because she'd only entered the contest as a tribute to Andrew.

But then Metro's bosses had a change of heart and offered Andrea a consolation holiday for herself and daughters Shannon, 18, and Chloe, 11.

Andrea, from South Shields, Tyne and Wear, said: "I checked the rules on the website and all it said is that the couple had to turn up to the studio together, so we did – I took him along in his urn.

"I think they were quite shocked when I turned up."

Andrew died in October 2013 from an accidental overdose of prescription morphine to ease the pain of osteoarthritis in his lower back and knees.

Andrea said: "Andrew was the breadwinner. He ran an agency for HGV drivers and things like that and I was a stay-at-home-mum.

"Since he died, I've gone back to college to train as an accountant so I can get a job but it would be years before I could save up enough for us to go on holiday together.

"This is going to be our last holiday together as a family, and I'm just so grateful to Metro Radio for everything."

She added: "Andrew was amazing, and I still can't actually believe he married me, so I wanted to do this as a tribute to him.

"I really can't believe we've been given this holiday, and we're excited to get it all booked up."

Metro Radio's Karen Wight said: "Andrea is a beautiful woman, an amazing strong person who has given a lot of people inspiration for how she has managed to get herself and her family through such a tough year."