After a lovely albeit belated Valentine’s night in Surrey, and then 50th birthday celebrations in Southend, the beginning of the week was very difficult… As social media is always one step ahead, I realise that some of you already know that my ex husband Tommy Keenan aka Stephen Rhodes, passed away on Monday.
He had been diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease some years back and fought this cruel and crippling disease with dignity. Tommy and I were married for 17 years and had five children between us, Jack our son being the youngest. We shared many good times together and as a family, and although our lives went in different directions, those are the times I will remember…
It has been very hard for the children, and the family as a whole, but thankfully now he is at peace.
I’ve been with the children these last few days which has been a comfort, but have unfortunately succumbed to this horrid sinusitis and head cold that’s been doing the rounds, so I’m hoping I haven’t given it to them. Because I’m feeling rough, I’m afraid I’ll have to keep this blog short, but I did want to thank you so much for taking part in the competition I set last time.
Although EVERYONE chose the correct answer – Babes in Arms – sadly there could only be one winner. Many congratulations to ANN SIDGWICK whose name was picked out on air by our model Amanda last Tuesday night. Ann, I hope you’ve received your watch by now, and I wish you well to wear it. I’m planning to run another competition again soon, so watch this space.
Not only did you take the time to write your answers but thanks so much to Jo, Jill, Karen and many others who wrote to update me on all that’s been happening, which made me realise that for a number of you, like us, life hasn’t been easy of late. It always saddens me to read of your loss, or battle with various diseases, but something that invariably shines through is your determination to make the best of things. You never give up hope. It can be something or nothing very much that inspires us and pushes us on, and I’m hoping that what I’m about to tell you will do just that…
Some of you may remember I was lucky enough to be one of the models at the annual Breast Cancer Care Fashion show just a year after my own diagnosis. It really was an experience unlike any other. Uplifting, emotional, exciting but exhausting, energising and above all empowering.
I spent 48 hours in the company of the 22 other models who were all living with a diagnosis of breast cancer, and I found it quite humbling. But it was the feeling of love and support at the event itself which was quite overwhelming. Not just from the team involved with dressing us and doing our hair/wigs and makeup, but from the families and friends who had come to cheer us on that afternoon and evening. It is something I will never forget, and as you can see from the photographs something that gave me my confidence back at a time when I wasn’t coping so well.
The charity Breast Cancer Care are now looking for 32 men and women, who have had a breast cancer diagnosis to take part in this year’s show. They’ve asked if you can help.
It will take place on the 28th September at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge hotel, and in their words is “an event like no other, that celebrates the strength and courage of both men and women who have all had a breast cancer diagnosis”. Applications have now opened, and they would love YOU to apply or spread the word. So if you or anyone you know would like to apply to be a model, enter here, before 5 March 2017.
It would be wonderful if one of you here or someone you knew was successful, so please promote this for me and the charity, and I’ll keep everything crossed 🙂
I’m hoping I’ll be back with you on Saturday evening with Laura Geller and then two hours of Charlie Bears which will be a treat! On Sunday I’m particularly pleased to have an hour with one of our newer jewellery brands Lonna and Lilly.
It’s a range of contemporary fashion jewellery and accessories, but what makes it unique is that Lonna, the designer, based the collection on her relationship with her mother Lilly. Each piece is inscribed with a small subtle message, such as ‘with love,’ or ‘love you to the moon and back’.
I wore a stunning abalone shell necklace last week from the collection for my Cozee Homes hour, and many of you tweeted me for the item number! (308934) We’ll have that piece and many more, plus scarves and a few bags too, so if you can join me at 7pm that would be grand.
My friend Roz has arrived to take over from Colin who’s been doing a brilliant job of looking after me, and as I’m in need of another Lemsip, I’ll sign off, hoping very much that you are in fine fettle and have escaped the lurgy!
I look forward to hearing from you, and please do pass on the BCC Fashion Show info, it really is an amazing occasion.
With my love,