Counting my blessings at the Tesco Mum of the Year Awards 2012
Posted Mar 14 2012 2:10pm
This weekend I travelled to London for the Tesco Mum of the Year Awards at the Waldorf Hilton.
Ellie, Tara and myself stayed the night before at the Charing Cross Hotel which was very swanky. On the morning of the awards we took a wander, after breakfast, past the London Eye, the Houses of Parliament, saw the Changing of the Guard and a mass film set for the new Bond movie. Sadly no Daniel Craig.
We arrived at the ceremony to see the celebrities on the red carpet; Sara Cox,Gaby Logan, Pixie Lott, Heidi Range, Jamelia, John Partridge, Cherry Healey and Amy Childs to name but a few. We quaffed champagne and nibbled canapes while watching our tweets roll in on a screen about the impending awards.
Once seated the entertainment was incredible; First up was Mary Byrne from X-Factor, followed by Estelle and Dionne Bromfield. Each were faultless and filled the room with their voices.
Next up each winner of the Tesco Mum of the Year was given their award. I was truly humbled by the 8 ladies who won awards. Julie Jones in particular struck a chord with me; she took on her best friend’s 6 children when her friend died of cancer. The sniffling continued as we watched video after video of totally selfless, awe inspiring women telling their stories. Sat in the same room as they too watched loved ones talking about their lives and inspirational tales made the atmosphere in the room even more emotionally charged.
After the awards I managed to hold back on telling Sara Cox my birth story (pushing my son out to her dulcet tones), managed to tell lots of people that I touched Duncan from Blue’s elbow (it was Lee) and spent a lot of time looking at Sinitta and wondering how she manages to look so young and svelte. Michelle Heaton shared her tales of early motherhood and was lovely to chat to.
… and, in a very surreal moment we may or may not have seen Pixie Lott’s Dad in his underpants. We shall speak no more of this incident.
After the ceremony I returned home, feeling tired and emotional but, delighted that I’d been part of something so special. Big thanks to Liz for all her hard work and to Ellie , Becky , Tara and Jacqui for making me laugh and cry, simultaneously. I think we all counted our blessings that night.