I don't want to say too much here but suffice to say that everyone at QVC who had known and worked alongside him for almost twenty years was shocked and saddened. I will miss him terribly.
The one ray of light for me me over the last week has been the new addition to our family in the form of Wilfy the kitten. We had no intention of getting a new kitten as Poppy is quite timid and elderly and doesn't mix well… let me explain.
On Tuesday evening last week I arranged to treat my family to dinner as a celebration of my 20 years at QVC. It was a week late but the first opportunity we could all meet up due to work commitments. We arranged to meet in Surbiton as Sophie was the only one of us who had been working that day.
She had already mentioned them to a cat-loving work colleague, who agreed to take one but the other little baby couldn't be left on his own as Sophie and her flatmate were both working the next day.
He stayed with us overnight sleeping in his little igloo-shaped kitten bed that had a heated pad in the bottom and slept right through, although I can't say the same for me as I was listening out for his miaows.
The next morning I arranged a visit to my vet to have him checked over. The vet said he was approximately five weeks old but in surprisingly good health for such a little kitten – he also confirmed that it was a boy!
He has been an amazing little chap, feeding from his bowl and using his litter tray and playing with his scratching post and a ball of wool. The plan is that he will be Daniel's cat when he leaves home which is why we let Dan name him… Wilfy, after former Crystal Palace player Wilfred Zaha. So that's the end of the story… well not quite!
I didn't think it would be fair on Poppy but there is a little bit of me that is regretting it now that it has gone to a new home! I apologise in advance if you spot any little scratches on my hands during jewellery shows over the next few weeks… blame Wilfy!
It's been difficult leaving him to go into work but it's been a busy week including of course the annual Breast Cancer Care show on Wednesday night hosted by Charlie and Debbie. Thanks to all of you who shopped, donated and bid for the auction prizes to help us raise so much money – currently over £300,000!!!
Undoubtedly the most poignant moment of the evening was the tribute video of our lovely model Amica who we lost to breast cancer two months ago. It was my friend Natalie Gray's idea and helped us all to remember the happy smiling person she was before this terrible illness claimed her. In case you didn't see it on the night, here it is introduced by Charlie, who was very close to her.
I've been shopping this week too but it's not a gift for someone else, it's a pressie to myself… if you were watching my Centigrade show on Tuesday you might know what it is but Wilfy has no idea!!!