Me and my Mummy

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Claire as a child with her family We had the mums of Coronation Street stars on QVC for Beauty Day, sharing stories about their star daughters.

This has inspired me, Julia and Alison to do the same – and some of our mums and daughters will be joining us on air for our Get Gorgeous Event on Friday 14th – Sunday 16th May.

Me, my Mummy and QVC

I think Mummy loves it when I've done beauty shows and I then boss her about telling her what she should and shouldn't be using. She pretends not to take much notice, but the requests for, well for example, Liz Earle's Superskin Moisturiser proves she is listening after all!

Actually I get my passion for big, bold, beautiful rings from her and I think she's always hoping to borrow the divine jewellery I now own… but to forget to return it!! Pay back for all the years I pinched hers!

How my Mummy has inspired me

Claire with her Mummy There's no doubt that my Mummy's incredible inner strength has been and is an inspiration to me. The hardest words she had to say to me were when she told me that Daddy had cancer. I was 13 and my brothers were 15 and 17-years-old.

When I asked her if he would get better, she took a breath and answered me honestly (which to this day I am so very grateful for) "No… Daddy will not get better". She was 39 and Daddy just 40 years old. Now I am all grown up and have indeed outlived my Daddy, I realise just how desperate she must have felt saying that to her children, being powerless and yet shattering our lives with those words.

I can recall the amazing strength and dignity she displayed during that hideous time, whilst trying so hard to retain a semblance of normality for us. She supported Daddy and us during a time of such pain for her. She selflessly ensured we were coping, always allowing our grief and questions to be the most important and pushing her own to the side.

Helping me at every step

Claire's son Tom In 1999 when Dan and I were married, I was so so sad not to have my Daddy walk me down the aisle but the pride I felt as the person who had been both Mother and Father to me gave me away that day was immense.

In 2001 when Tom was born with Down's Syndrome and I was utterly overwhelmed with grief, Mummy displayed that same strength and put to one side her own sadness as naturally she supported me, her baby girl. All she wanted to do was make it better… a mother's instinct and yet once again she was powerless to do that for me. What she did do was love Tom immediately… which really mattered.

She loved me and gave me the confidence and strength to be the best Mummy I can be to Tom, she reminded me that there's no such word as Can't. So yes, I fulfilled a need to breastfeed, when many around me said…You Can't! Mummy showed me when I was 13 that you pin on the smile and you will survive. Life hasn't been easy for her and I'm proud of her, my lovely Mummy.

How my Mummy has encouraged me
 
Claire as a child with her Mum Do you know she never pushed nor dissuaded me to become a dancer or indeed be in this profession. I think early on she realised (actually I think she was told!) that I was destined for a career on the stage.

I'm qualified to teach dance, though it was so long ago I suspect I'd have to retrain if ever I decided on a change of direction! That was her doing - imagine, as a head teacher she must have been totally panic stricken that her daughter was embarking on such a precarious career!! Still I'm still here, so the something to fall back on part has been redundant luckily!

I remember after Daddy died she took another job in the evenings to allow Mark, Neil and especially me, I guess, to continue with all our extra and costly hobbies – ballet, tap, modern etc, which didn't come cheap of course! I'm so grateful for that.

I find it amusing that people used to tell me my voice would be my fortune… I'm still waiting!! Though I guess being on QVC it kind of is. but I remember totally annoying the elocution teachers in Rochdale as every year I entered the Speech and Drama Festival and we'd practise the pieces in the lounge.

It would be read to me by Mummy and I then copied word for word how she had read it and fabulously I won each year! How funny that she was such a great teacher all those years ago preparing me, if you like, for QVC!

And now my Mummy on me…

What makes Claire a star?
 
Claire when she was little She is very good at putting on a good front even when she feels dreadful, maybe through lack of sleep or because she is poorly.

On goes the make-up, hair is washed and the big smile is fixed in place and nobody would know things were not good… except perhaps me!
 

Why does she like her job at QVC?

 
Claire is very good at chatting to anyone and everyone, in fact she just loves chatting! I guess that is why she loves her job as it gives her the opportunity to talk – endlessly! Perhaps QVC gives her the 'stage' she loves. I think she likes the variety of the products and the people she meets, be they presenters, guests, buyers, staff or the crew.

She's lucky to have a job which enables her to be a Mummy part of the week and a presenter the other.
I know she loves to try out the products herself and sometimes I am allowed to do that too! 

How does Claire inspire me?

Claire with TomWhat comes immediately to mind is her attitude to her gorgeous little boy, my grandson Tom, who has Down's Syndrome. Tom's arrival into the world was a bit of a shock for us all, we had no idea of the problems ahead.

It was in fact Claire herself who noticed that something was not right, from the moment he was first handed to her, though at the time the doctor's comment was that he just had a little screwed-up face, but she knew – call it Mother's intuition.
 
People have asked me since if she initially rejected him. No she didn't, not for one second and at the time it had not occurred to me that she might. We shed tears together of course, more because of our ignorance as to how we would cope than anything else. We should not have done so. Tom is a joy, tricky at times, but so lovely too. I know Claire and Dan are apprehensive about his future but they sensibly take one day at a time.
 
Claire's children Tom was in Special Care for some weeks and he would not breastfeed. Claire badly wanted to feed him and so day after day she persevered, but he was not having it. As time went on, the nurses were keen to put him on a bottle but no – Claire continued to try and try and try, meanwhile expressing milk for him. At last he got the message and fed beautifully. Claire's perseverance had paid off and the joy it brought her was immeasurable. 
 
The career she chose has been tough at times, in the early days many auditions brought rejections (and many successes too). Somehow she managed to bounce back and go off for the next one – I think I might have felt like giving up but that isn't an option for Claire!
 
I have always felt that word 'can't' doesn't exist and I think Claire feels that too. I am very proud of her.

48 Comments

  1. Kristina Moore April 22, 2010 at 8:14 pm -  Reply

    You can feel the pride each of you feel for the other (even if it wasn’t written down) all the way through this. You are both amazing and the strength you have both exhibited in your lives is an inspiration to me and, I am sure, lots of others.
    Hugs to you all
    Tina

  2. Magda Chetty April 22, 2010 at 8:38 pm -  Reply

    Dear Claire
    Your blog is always great, and thank you soooooooooo much for sharing your great life with us, you are a great inspiration to us all. Like your mum said, you always look happy with a great smile no matter what.
    Iam like you, lost my dad when I was 13 years old, put I did not take it to will, and was ill for 2 years. Later when I meet my husband who is 15 years older than me, lots of friends thought I was going out with someone older to make up for losing my dad, but mum supported me and said that I should do what I feel and not worry what people think. Iam glad I took her advice, my husband and I have been together now for 27years and very happy.
    Big hug and love to you, your, mum, Tom and all your family.
    Keep smiling and be happy.
    Iam coming to QVC in May to meet Julia and would love to meet you too.
    Magda,

  3. Anita Belding April 23, 2010 at 1:53 pm -  Reply

    Oh Claire, what a lovely mum you have , look after, and treasure her. I too had a lovely mum, althought sadly she is no longer with us, NO that’s not strickly true. I always feel her near me and I talk to her all the time, with blessings that she was a great mum and friendto me.I hope my daughter feels the same about me ( I’m sure she does) You are a lovey person Claire, and my fav. presenter, all the best x x

  4. Jennifer Jones April 23, 2010 at 1:55 pm -  Reply

    Thank you for sharing your story Claire. My own Dad died from cancer when I was 14 so it struck a chord with me. You are such a sweet person & always manage to make me chuckle.
    Jenny

  5. Rachel Day April 23, 2010 at 2:11 pm -  Reply

    I loved reading what you said about your Mum.
    My daughter wants to do Contemporary Dance at University this September and is really good at it – were you a dancer for a long time. Lauren wants to be a teacher when she graduates.
    Regards
    Rachel

  6. jean thomason April 23, 2010 at 3:20 pm -  Reply

    It is truly wonderful to capture the love and warmth written by you and your mum. I walk around the house with a smile on my face when you are presenting because you’re personality is just infectious and cheers me up! You are even more inspiring to me now that i know a little about your ray of sunshine, Tom. My, now big ray of sunshine is called David and he is soon to be 23. David also has Downs Syndrome and was my first child at 24. I felt as if my world had ended when he arrived in my arms. I am proud to say that now he is the light and life of our family. David has taught us all many things and through David we have met some wonderful kind people. He has enriched our lives and we feel priveleged to be his family. I love hearing about Dan and your family and will continue to listen out for snippets of how everyone is when you’re on air. Jean x

  7. Susan April 24, 2010 at 5:46 pm -  Reply

    Claire, you are truly the biggest inspiration on QVC! You have faced 2 of the biggest life challenges and shocks that anyone could possibly face and you never even mention them – understandably. That is a compliment by the way. I admire that. You are fabulous! You are stunning, have a fab sense of humour and are such a genuine person with no airs and graces. Really you should be on more in the evenings!! I’m sure it suits you being a Mum in the evenings though! Your family are just beautiful. Take care,
    Susan

  8. Mary April 25, 2010 at 5:24 pm -  Reply

    Dear Claire, I have just read your blog and am here at home on my own ( kids out with dad watching a folk band) and I am blubbing. What a lovely mum you have and it reminds me of how fantastic my mum is. She had a huge brain tumour removed 5 years ago and we all thought that that was it. She proved us all wrong and managed to go back to work after 12 months. She felt like giving up, and to a degree if I was completely honest, we lost something in mum after her surgery but she pulled through each fragale step and amazed us all with her fight and determination always wanting to put us first. It took a lot of nagging to get her to put herself first. Her recovery was going well when my dad was diagnosed with lung cancer and again, she was there for us all. My dad pulled through surgery and lost half his lung as a result but she cared for him even when, a few months later, her tumour had returned. She had another serious operation and returned to work after just 6 weeks; truly amazing! She finally retired at Christmas having worked for 50 of her 68 years. It’s not been easy but she has been steadfast, brave, remarkable, an inspiration, and lots more besides. One thing is for certain, she is precious; her own mum died of cancer when she was 21 and never saw her get married or see her children but I am sure to have had a mum like mine, her own mum must have been truly wonderful. We all have lots to give thanks for and we never forget the simple thing of life and love within our own families. Lots of love Mary XX

  9. Joanna Downey April 25, 2010 at 6:34 pm -  Reply

    This was not a blog it was a life lesson and I loved reading it. What a wonderful duo you are. Jo x

  10. Diane April 25, 2010 at 6:45 pm -  Reply

    Dear Claire,
    This really did bring a tear to my eye, truly what a lovely family you have, you have certainly made your Dad proud.
    Mum’s are wonderful aren’t they…such an inner strength when we need it most.
    Having a child with Down’s is a shock, but I think it makes us focus on what is really important in our lives and brings the whole family closer, they have so much to teach us, including patience!
    Thank you as always for your candid blogs, wishing you and all your family love, luck and happiness.
    Diane x

  11. Denise April 25, 2010 at 9:46 pm -  Reply

    Claire – you and your lovely mum are such an inspiration and obviously a great support to each other. You are very lucky to have each other. In my family we had a child who had Downs Syndrome who lived into his 60’s and was such a joy to the whole family and everyone he came into contact with. We lost him about 5 years ago and is greatly missed. I love watching you on screen as your sunny disposition really brightens up my day – especially on the Monday morning shows when I feel a bit down in the dumps after the weekend!!
    Denise xx

  12. claire sutton April 26, 2010 at 12:23 pm -  Reply

    Tina,
    I curse the fact I can’t reply to all the lovely comments from home but was as always touched that you chose to write to me, Thankyou! and I write on behalf of Mummy who will no doubt be wondering how our words were perceived! so,here I am on Monday between the shows saying Hello! Hope you’re ok, I know the sunshine’s not your favourite thing…so hope you found the shade on saturday?, me, I was inside cleaning the building site……Don’t ask! a moment of madness! Have a good Monday,LOVE Claire xx

  13. claire sutton April 26, 2010 at 12:32 pm -  Reply

    Oh Magda,
    I’d be delighted to see you, I often hear Julia mention you. I hope I’ll be around, let me know when the date is and let’s hope it’s when I’m here, as you know these days I’m here or doing mad house stuff!
    It’s a good thing I guess that we open up our hearts and thoughts every now and then isn’t it, we can feel in touch with other people and sharing an experience, be it good or bad means we instinctively DO understand how it feels. Everyone says time is such a good healer…..It’s a strange one, I guess it allows our coping mechanisms to kick in, though not a moment passes without a wonder or a wish to see or talk to him….something I know my Mummy feels too. I was thrilled to see your marriage is now 27 years!!!!Just goes to show, follow your true instinctive feelings and hooray that your mum helped you.
    Much love Magda, Claire xxx

  14. claire sutton April 26, 2010 at 12:39 pm -  Reply

    Anita,
    Thanyou so much for enjoying what Mummy and I wrote, I so appreciate that she is with me, particularly as my Grannie died when I was small so Mummy knows all to well how it affects you. I know how much I chatter to Daddy in Heaven as we say in our family, though I have been asked so many questions by the children, the latest was ” Do they have breakfast in Heaven?”!!!!!!I so wish I could dream of Daddy though, have you ever dreampt of your mum…Let me know, if it’s ok to of course…
    Lots of love from Claire xx

  15. claire sutton April 26, 2010 at 12:43 pm -  Reply

    Jenny,
    we truly understand each other then…!! I feel tremendously lucky that I had 13 years with a divine Daddy who loved us so so much, though oh what I wouldn’t give for even just 5 minutes with him now…. Lets have a special think of them today huh?,
    Love Claire xxx

  16. Tony April 26, 2010 at 1:00 pm -  Reply

    Hi Claire !
    This was a very inspirational blog. I wish I was more like you — keeping a smile at all costs instead of complaining about the little hurdles of life. I can’t even imagine facing the kind of challenges you faced with your dad and son, and yet keeping such a positive spirit.
    On a completely unrelated subject, I love the hair tied back that you have today – Apr. 26, it suits you very well.
    Love xx

  17. claire sutton April 26, 2010 at 2:19 pm -  Reply

    Rachel,
    Hi there, how exciting that Lauren’s off to study Contemporary, I started ballet at 3 and only hung up my shoes just before I came to qvc I guess. I was so lucky and at the time there were some great variety shows on tv, and a fair amount of work available. I loved my first carreer and without a doubt was a passion I had to fulfill, so good that you’re a supportive Mum to Lauren,
    I wish her as much joy and fun….as I experienced,
    Love Claire xx

  18. claire sutton April 26, 2010 at 2:28 pm -  Reply

    Jean,
    How super to hear from you and to know that you too have a to quote your words “little ray of sunshine” also!!!! I cannot believe that Tom will be 9 on May 4 th…..yes, me too…. life halted and did feel desperate but oh my word I feel so totally different these days, as obviously do you. I wonder did David go to a mainstream school and tell me what’s he up to now? I remember even with all the wonderful letters from so many qvc viewers when Tom was born, you just can`t fast forward to the place where
    we obviously have come to, but the amazing thing is one minute , one day ,you just find yourself there……
    Much love Jean,
    Claire xx

  19. Lindsay April 26, 2010 at 6:49 pm -  Reply

    Hi Claire, I hope you are all well :)
    I found myself in the same situation at 13, my Mum had to tell me and my brother that Daddy was sick and he wouldn’t get better. What a horrific thing that must have been for our poor mothers’ to have to do.
    But I think these experiences shape us as people and make us stronger and I believe that we wouldn’t be the people we are today if we hadn’t been through these things, awful as they were.
    You must be so, so proud of Tom, he is such an adorable little boy and he will learn and grow so much from having such a strong Mummy in his life. You should be very proud of yourself, you are an inspiration to us all.
    Much love,
    Lindsay xx

  20. Kristina Moore April 26, 2010 at 7:52 pm -  Reply

    Hello Claire, wish Tom a Happy Birthday from me for 4 May! I hope you all get to have a load of fun on his birthday – and every day really. If I hear a load of noise from the Aldeburgh direction I will know what is going on.
    I am not good in the sunshine and do have baseball caps from Scilly but now I have three native american type ones too so have usually got one glued to my head indoors or out. Wear sunglasses too whether it is sunny or dull (especially if I remember them) – some people do look at me twice when it is a dull day! Part of my life learning with CFS.
    The house will be sorted and completed to your satisfaction and delight and one day the creation will be a memory – this will happen.
    Hugs and love to you all
    Tina X

  21. Keith April 27, 2010 at 1:02 pm -  Reply

    Hello Claire,
    What an inspiring post! You really have a lovely family. It is so common to hear about dysfunctional families these days so it is very refreshing to hear such a heartwarming story of care and support. Long my that continue!
    Your mum was right – you always look amazing too. You are always delightful, cheery & a joy to watch. You were looking particularly stunning on the Morning Show yesterday. I love your hair up like that, and it was a very flattering dress.
    Cheers, K.

  22. claire sutton April 27, 2010 at 6:19 pm -  Reply

    Susan,
    You`re so kind, THANKYOU! i really appreciate your words, funnily enough the evening shows will be featuring me again!! I was asked to do the morning show and for , well, over a year now I`ve mostly been on air in the day. This January though things have altered a little and I will be launching at midnight at least once a month with some evenings thrown in to mix it up!! Fab, so I`ll see you soon,
    With love Claire x

  23. claire sutton April 27, 2010 at 6:41 pm -  Reply

    Oh Mary, what a terrible time, your poor poor mum, and then it just shows her strength as you say looking after your dad too. What a dreadfully scarey time for you all. I hope she is enjoying her retirement? and her health is ok? and she`s loving these sunny days this week,
    I must call my Mummy back I ve just noticed a missed call from her and she`s all topsy turvey in her new house….moved last week, so she may need a sounding board!
    Lots of love Mary,
    Claire xx

  24. mike April 28, 2010 at 12:55 pm -  Reply

    hi clair how are you? I just want to say that you look extreamly sexy these days(specily on sleevleess dress). you are always sexy but somthing different these days. take care

  25. Morag April 28, 2010 at 6:22 pm -  Reply

    Claire, it was so inspiring to read your story of your mum and family. My mum brought me up on her own when my dad left, which was unusual at the time. I am an only child and so we were incredibly close. When I lost her to cancer some years ago it left such a big space in my life, but your story reminded me that I have such fantastic memories to look back on, and I can still hear her in my ear when I wonder what to do. My 3 children are all grown up now – 32, 29 and 23 – but I think the joy they bring grows as they do.
    You have such a great soul and spirit, and obviously it rubs off on those around you, bringing them so much positivity and confidence – is there anything better we can do for our children. Thanks for making me cry and smile at the same time.
    Love to you and your lovely family. Morag x

  26. Claire Sutton April 30, 2010 at 9:14 am -  Reply

    Diane,
    Patience…that’s what I wish for more each day, but being Mrs Impatient naturally proves I found some from somewhere.
    It’s a slow down process with Tom, and actually Joe too, Maddie runs at much the same speed as me so far but yes I agree with the patience bit!! I had a special moment tonight with Joe feeling low about being slow…..he always comes last in races apparently, but is so fabulous in so many ways and a super artist and well I could go on and on.
    However Tom and Maddie both said to him he was the best brother ever in the world and he is. Here’s to special supportive Mums though.
    Thank goodness for them!! Love Claire xxx

  27. Claire Sutton April 30, 2010 at 9:15 am -  Reply

    Jo,
    Thankyou so much, do you know it did me good to write it too. Thankyou ever so much for your comment.
    With my love Claire x

  28. Claire Sutton April 30, 2010 at 9:16 am -  Reply

    Denise,
    So lovely hearing from you about your family. Thankyou, and a sunny disposition was a wonderful comment to make about me – you’re so kind.
    I hope you have a super weekend – see you Monday!
    lots of love Claire xxx

  29. Claire Sutton April 30, 2010 at 9:18 am -  Reply

    Tony,
    Why thank you kind sir, both for the lovely words (though believe me I am a moaning minnie too, but hey how dull would that be to listen too on QVC) and also the compliment. It made my day!! Claire with love xx

  30. Claire Sutton April 30, 2010 at 9:19 am -  Reply

    Lindsay,
    Thank you so much for your comment and gosh I pray so much that I’ll never have to say words like that to my children, please God.
    I do not know how our Mums did it, but as I said in my blog I was so grateful to be allowed to know. I agree we are shaped by these things, though I truly thought I had had my thing if you like with Daddy’s death…so when Tom was born it seemed so cruel but equally quite understandable. That sounds so strange I realise so I hope you know what I mean. I’m sending you my love for a lovely day,
    Claire x

  31. Claire Sutton April 30, 2010 at 9:20 am -  Reply

    Keith,
    It’s so good to hear from you that what Mummy and I felt (feel) meant something. I really appreciate it, especially as you do feel a little exposed! We both worried about what we’d said, so big thanks and for my hair comments! Lovely you,
    Take care ,
    Claire xx

  32. Claire Sutton April 30, 2010 at 9:21 am -  Reply

    Mike, you’re too kind! Thank you, you’ve made me smile saying that!
    Have a super weekend, Love Claire xx

  33. Claire Sutton April 30, 2010 at 9:23 am -  Reply

    Oh Morag,
    That was a lovely comment, and I thank you for bothering to write to me. Any reminder of our lovely Mummy`s has to be a good thing and I know how grateful for the comments and advice I am from my Mummy…though I may not realise it at the time!!!!! ssssshhhhhh don`t tell her!
    I hope to goodness I can pass some positivity and confidence onto my three, that would be a good help for their futures. It’s just about the balance is`nt it?
    SO delighted you wrote to me, have a fabulous Friday, with love, Claire xx

  34. Lindsay Frame April 30, 2010 at 3:01 pm -  Reply

    Hi Claire,
    I agree! We should only be dealt one big blow like that, surely. One is certainly enough, and it seems pretty unfair. But i bet you wouldn’t change Tom for the world! Its funny how we just get on and deal with things isnt it.
    Your some woman Claire :)
    Much love
    Lindsay xx

  35. Lorna Gray May 1, 2010 at 8:33 pm -  Reply

    Dera Claire
    I have been wondering what you do to get your hair looking so lovely. I have thick hair and love the way you get yours so curly at the ends. Can you share your secret?! I always admire it on your shows.
    Best wishes
    Lorna x

  36. claire sutton May 8, 2010 at 8:11 am -  Reply

    Lorna,
    You are lovely, Thanks!! I use heated rollers…I just wack them in and then carry on getting ready, It`s so speedy. Get the flocked ones with the grippy clips, mine are Babyliss from Boots, make sure hair`s dry or the grips leave marks! I love how trendy my hair looks with the ghd`s and wand etc, but for me speed and being able to carry on with some thing else is what i need,
    Try them,
    Love Claire xxx

  37. Karen Phimister May 22, 2010 at 12:41 am -  Reply

    Claire,
    What a team! I loved the picture of your gorgeous children all perfect! The love, respect and strength you have for and from your mummy shines through. You are very lucky to be surrounded by such love.
    Thank you for allowing this insight, sometimes we need a gentle reminder that we’re not the only one who paints on the face and smile some mornings and ‘crack-on’! Life is a precious gift – and we should live each day as if it’s our last.
    kindest regards,
    Karen

  38. ida smith May 29, 2010 at 6:17 pm -  Reply

    hello Claire. you were asking in your April blog about dreams. Yes i dream of my Dad, Mum,Sister and beloved Husband who have all gone now and i find it quite upsetting. I waken up expecting hubby to be there, then i realise i was dreaming! very sad. i do it all the time. hopefully if you dream of your Dad it will be pleasant for you. sorry this is a bit late, but iv just got round to reading the blogs! Take care. Love from Ida. x

  39. claire sutton May 30, 2010 at 1:35 pm -  Reply

    Karen…THANKYOU, for taking a moment to read and then write back, I really appreciate it,
    I`m looking forward to half term with my three, we have some plans and one is a visit with Grannie, so happy days!
    With my love, Claire x

  40. Kim Allodi June 29, 2010 at 4:38 pm -  Reply

    Dear Claire,
    I always admire the ring you wear on your wedding band finger; it seems to be a band ring but with a loop that heads towards the knuckle of your finger and possibly has a gem or diamond in it. I’ve never managed a sufficiently good shot to see for sure. Is it a qvc item, or is it something your hubby bought for you? Hope you don’t mind my asking.
    Kim of Kent

  41. Susan July 15, 2010 at 9:18 pm -  Reply

    Hi Claire,
    Just seeing you on the telly with Suzi B and you both look wonderful! Beautifully tanned and both sleek in black. Very glad you are doing some evening shows as I said to you before. You’re a bretah of fresh air! A wonderful presenter and person. Pleas etell Kathy how fab she is looking too! All tanned and hair beautful too! Must have been away! Hope you ladies both blog your news soon!
    Have a lovely weekend. Take care,
    Susan

  42. Antje Carey – nee Harrison July 16, 2010 at 11:47 am -  Reply

    OMG, I tuned into QVC last night for the first time ever and could not believe that it was you claire. You look absolutely stunning as you did when we were at college and so natural at what you do!!! Reading all your entries has bought a shiver down my spine and a lump to my throat but also admiration in how you have managed / are managing your life. You are an inspiration to any woman and I am so lucky to be able to say to my daughters that I actually spent three years at college with you. You truly are a genuine star.
    All my love, Antje
    Ps not sure if you remember me but I willl never forget the weather girls routine !!

  43. Sheila August 17, 2010 at 9:43 am -  Reply

    Hi Claire,
    I lost my dad when I was 12 but was lucky enough to have my mum for many years after.
    I moved to Spain when she was 88 but sadly she was bedridden for 2 years after that. Knowing few people in Spain (my husband worked abroad) it was hard going mentally and physically looking after her, no-one to help or talk to.
    The presenters on QVC were my friends. I had the channel on all the time. I felt that the presenters were talking to me personally, that they were actually in the room. When I’ve listened to viewers, many I think listen to you because they are lonely.
    You are always so bubbly, which I’m sure is hard some days. We are always trying to put on a face, when inside, we feel like screaming. Why me you shout? Why did my mother have to be beddridden, wear nappies like a baby? Have terrible bedsores? Are we such a terrible person that this had to happen to some-one we love? The truth is Claire, we are not, perhaps we were given these burdens because we could handle them. Dont forget, what doesnt kill you makes you stronger.
    I know because of Tom you are a more sympathetic and understanding person and things so important to others to you, mean nothing. Cherish what you have an dont think about what you havent got.
    From now on you will all be in my prayers. God bless Tom and your mummy too. No-one, no-one could replace them.
    Sheila xx

  44. sylvia October 4, 2010 at 7:24 pm -  Reply

    Hi Claire
    I am dying to know how your house is getting on with all the hard work you have been doing.I guess you have been too busy to blog lately! I just would love to see some photos and I wondered if you managed to put your lovely Chandelier up yet.Take Care Claire and keep up the good work at QVC.X

  45. debbie baldwin October 7, 2010 at 6:25 pm -  Reply

    hi claire please could you tell me where your dress was from on sunday when you presented the emu boots it was navy with a pattern looks a bit like ronni nicole. you always look so glam many thanks debbie

  46. helen October 31, 2010 at 12:50 pm -  Reply

    Are you going to update your blog? We’re all dying to know how your house is getting on.

  47. sandra riley November 14, 2010 at 7:12 pm -  Reply

    Hi Claire,
    Where are you lately,not seen you on air much at all and waiting for you to update your blog,i really enjoy hearing about you and your family and seing you on tv .

  48. Kathleen Donnelly December 2, 2010 at 8:31 pm -  Reply

    Hello claire,
    You are a very special person
    love to all your family x Kathleen

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