Some great news and embarrassing moments


Alison's son Sam waterskiingMiracles can happen…

What a glorious day to share some fabulous news with you, more than two years on from Sam's dreadful road accident, where he was so badly hurt. My boy was able to get up on water skis! Not the easiest thing to manage with a prosthetic leg, but after weeks of trying, he did it!

Before the accident, he could wake board, ski and mono ski, and I know he was doubtful he'd ever do these things again… I can't begin to tell you how proud I was, or how pleased he was, but I think the photo (left) says it all…

Off the back of this he's decided to make a tandem sky dive on the 5th September, so there'll be me all grey and shaking on the ground, and him floating above me with a smile no doubt as wide as his parachute! I guess there's an element of devil may care when you've survived what he has… so I will be brave and applaud him :)

Ibiza here we come!

I plan to sit in the sun and share a beer with him over this next week as we've decided to take a last minute break to Ibiza. We're going with Sam's best mate James, my Jack, Colin and his entire brood of children and various others… 13 of us will board a plane this weekend for the sunshine island that I haven't visited since I was 18! 

Most of my girlfriends think I'm crazy… I of course know I am, therefore this little jaunt will probably be all they expect it to be and more. I'll let you know when I get back :)

Alison's cat Willows in the bath Lucy has very kindly offered to feed the cats while we're away, but I'm going to have to keep them downstairs as Willows has a tendancy to sleep in the bath and the door's a little dodgy so I wouldn't want her shut in!

Share your embarrasing moments…

On Gold Day, I set off to meet my charming guest Veronica Bicci and forgot my pass. So, I was trapped in the stairwell for what felt like eternity, but in reality was only a couple of minutes, before some kind soul heard me hammering on the door and let me out!  

It took me back to the time I got stuck in a lift at the publishers I worked at… not funny, as you'll know if it's happened to you! Most embarrassing though was being locked in a toilet while waiting in A & E, pulling the emergency cord and being rescued… only to discover that I was in fact in the Gents!

I bet you can top that though. Especially if you've ever used those dreadful timed loos on a train! Whoever thought that one up! Round of applause for the best tale :)

Keep in touch and let me know how things are with you.

Love Ali xxx


  1. Julie August 19, 2009 at 5:03 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    You must be so proud of Sam, I’m so pleased for him and yourself. Hope all goes well on 5th Sept! Glad you’re managing to get away for another break. We went to Ibiza about 4 years ago and loved it. I think it’s very under estimated and has some lovely beaches hidden away-it isn’t all San Antonio! Would you believe I had the same thing happen to me being locked in a toilet many years ago-on my first date with my ” first proper” boyfriend.
    Will keep you posted about myself, I see GP again this Friday-these months fly by! Speak soon and have a lovely relaxing time-don’t drink too much but on the other hand why not!!
    Take Care
    Julie x

  2. Kitty August 19, 2009 at 6:44 pm -  Reply

    Hey Ali
    I’ve often thought about Sam and how he was getting on since his accident – I am so pleased to hear about his successes. It’s testament to his bravery and determination, and I really wish him all the very best in his continued rehabilitation.
    As for embarrasing moments – well, where would you like me to start?
    The one that sticks out in my mind most is when I was about 6 years old. I was a bit of a show off and was desperate to be an actress, and was overjoyed when my primary school headmistress gave me a VIR (Very Important Role) in the end of term Pagaent which was all about Monarchs through the ages. I was given the honour of playing Queen Elizabeth II’s Lady In Waiting (in reality it was one of the big girls from the top class – and not the real Queen ;)). Anyway, I was sooooooooo excited about it and didn’t sleep for weeks. I had a special posh costume from the dressing up box and everything. On the day of the play all I had to do was put the dress on, brush my hair and put my black pumps on. In the excitement I put them on the wrong feet – and didn’t realise this until I started walking down the stage holding up Queen Elizabeth’s train. I suddenly started to trip up uncontrollably – and all in front of an audience of about 200 people. Everyone started to laugh, and the more they laughed, the more I tripped up – the girl playing QE2 was completely unimpressed that I’d rained on her parade, she was attempting to be all serious and I was doing my best Charlie Chaplin impression! I was utterly embarrased, but my parents were almost on the floor with laughter – even the headmistress was…I never lived it down – even now 24 years on my parents sometimes remind me of it.
    Anyhow, I’ve waffled on enough – I really only wanted to wish you and Sam all the best. Take care and I hope you have a really enjoyable break in Ibiza.
    With love and best wishes to you
    Kitty, Bolton

  3. Lillian Emery August 19, 2009 at 8:42 pm -  Reply

    you must be extremely proud of Sam, you are normally proud when your children do things that you would not think of doing, but after Sam’s accident you must be over the moon that he has accepted his disability, well done Sam, reading your blog made me cry. (I did not know anything about his accident) I Wish him all the very best for the future. Love Lillian xx

  4. Margaret August 20, 2009 at 12:24 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison, your son is wonderful more power to his elbow as they say , didnt realise he was so badly injured all my best wishes to him , Ive had a double knee replacement due to R A and that was an ordeal for me so well done him, delighted for you too, we mums do live it with our offspring dont we , enjoy your holiday it sounds great and all the young company will make it BUZZ!!! God bless and all good wishes, Margaretxx

  5. Rhona Fenton August 20, 2009 at 10:16 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison, I didn’t know about Sam’s accident I heard you just saying when he was ill didn’t realise what had happend to him, so on that note so glad to see him up and about you must be so proud to see him up on his feet again and getting on with life well done Sam that’s just fantastic to see and if your anything like me there will not be a dry eye in sight as you look on and watch your son with pride what you must have been going through yourself Alison, gald your off on your travels again I went to Ibiza when I was 18 also but I still came off the plane looking like a pint of milk must be something to do with my scottish skin were not used to sun up here you just got lucky, now I know where your going with the lift thing as I got stuck in a lift once, mind you it was in a hospital so I was in the right place if anything had gone wrong but would much rather take the stairs lol! have a fantastic time on holiday, we were ment to be going to Ireland but no one to look after our cat Boston and me being the big cat lover that I am I can’t bring myself to leave him, oh can I just add since you love your cat’s buy the book Dewey its a true story of a cat that was found by vicky and how the cat changed the lives of the people from the town in spencer Iowa, but you will need your hankie, have a fantastic holiday,talk to you soon, love Rhona xx

  6. Joanna Downey August 20, 2009 at 1:01 pm -  Reply

    Hello Alison, what a smile, your Sam is obviously having the time of his life in that photo. I know that you are so very proud of him, he looks as though he lives life to the full risks and all. I imagine he doesn’t want total strangers saying he’s an inspiration but I think he is and I’ll NEVER be able to water ski. My embarrassing moments always seem to take place in supermarkets. A few years ago I was in the one that liked to “smack” back pockets, having finished the shopping I walked up to my husband, put my hand into the back pocket of his jeans, squeezed and said “I’ve finished now” he turned round and, of course, it wasn’t him. I started to apologise when this poor man’s girlfriend appeared, she told me exactly what she thought of me and was so upset the Manager was called and she was taken away for a cup of tea, I was told to get my eyes tested! Since then there have been several other incidents, usually involving mistaken identities…I now wear my glasses when shopping. Have a super time in the sun. Love Jo.

  7. julie August 20, 2009 at 9:19 pm -  Reply

    Oh Ali
    That’s such wonderful news about your Sam, i didn’t realise he had had an accident. You must be so proud that you can’t put it into words. Well done Sam.
    I hope you have a wonderful holiday and that the weather is better than here, well up her in Scotland it has been very heavy rain and strong winds for the last week. Don’t know if it’s better with you?
    I got stuck in a loo once. Was at the airport with mum and dad, i was about 14 or so. I went to the loo when we were in the departure lounge only for the boarding of our plane to be called. Mum and dad were waiting outside in the lounge for me. So i was as quick as possible only for me to be unable to get the door open, i thought i would be left, of course they wouldn’t leave me , but when your young and in a panic. i just could not get the door open, so i shouted ‘i’m stuck i’m stuck’, eventually someone helped me, i had been pulling the door handle the wrong way the whole time. Argh!! can laugh now.
    Loved the Lapis show last night, lapis is my favourite gem stone, wanted everything, he he!!
    You take care and look forward to seeing you on air.
    Love Jules

  8. alison keenan August 20, 2009 at 9:34 pm -  Reply

    bless you Julie…. hate to tell you it IS San Antonio we’re going to…. heaven help us all! I’ll be searching out the little beaches though. How awful for you being locked away on your first real date…. so difficult to know how to explain it away! :) I’m sure there were many other dates to follow. Lucy who’s over tonight just told me that she was working in a restaurant as a waitress and used the loo but forgot to lock the door…. a chap opened it, and then rushed off…. only to be seated at one of the tables she was waitressing on! Gawd! Take care and I’ll let you know all about Ibiza Uncovered! Love Ali x x

  9. alison keenan August 20, 2009 at 9:45 pm -  Reply

    Dear Kitty, your words have meant a lot to me, and I hope you don’t mind but I’ve passed them on to Sam.. he was very chuffed :) It’s been tough… still is at times, and as a mum I just wanted to ‘kiss and make it better’… like I could do when he was little… but he’s a fighter and I know he’ll make a success of anything he turns his hand to. I LOVED your story!!! You poor soul. Such a little girl, and so many people, I think it’s a miracle you’re able to laugh over it now, and God bless your parents for constantly reminding you… you love ‘em! :) Take good care Kitty,
    Love Ali x

  10. alison keenan August 20, 2009 at 9:55 pm -  Reply

    Dear Lillian, Thank you so much for taking time out to write. have to admit to shedding more than a few tears over the years… During the four months he was in hospital I always believed he’d get better and although it wasn’t the easiest of outcomes…. he made it, and believe me, there were several occasions due the severity of his illness I didn’t think he would…He is an inspiration to me… as all three of my children are, and again, it’s really kind of you to pass your thoughts on to me. I wish you very well, love Ali xx

  11. alison keenan August 20, 2009 at 9:59 pm -  Reply

    Hi Margaret. Crikey double knee replacement! How ever did you manage? I’ve heard knees are jolly painful when healing, so I very much hope you’re over the worst now. Thank you for your lovely words about Sam, and yes I think the holiday will be fun for us all. You take good care of yourself, and thank you very much for writing. Love Ali xx

  12. alison keenan August 20, 2009 at 10:59 pm -  Reply

    Like the sound of the book Rhona, and I’ll look out for it at Gatwick airport on Saturday! MIght be a good beach read :)I was the same age when I went to Ibiza, but it was my boyfriend who was the colour of a milk bottle with red hair!! He actually tanned really well, and I think was browner than me at the end of the holiday. We went to a place called Portinax – which judging by the brochure has changed beyond any memory I have of it! Yes, at the time with Sam, I didn’t really feel able to talk much about it…. Every day things changed, and even when he finally came home, we weren’t truly sure what the future held…. He’s done so well, and everyone who’s every met or cared for him has commented on his stoicism and positive attitude… something I’m not sure I would have had if I’d have been in his position at 18…. just wish it had been me not him… would have made you laugh when I offered my skin for grafting, and he said no as I was too tanned :)..funny but sad I guess. Lovely as always to hear from you, and do keep in touch. Love Ali xx

  13. alison keenan August 20, 2009 at 11:04 pm -  Reply

    Joanna LOL!! How embarrassing! That particular supermarket has a lot to answer for! Quite frankly I think you were the one who deserved the cup of tea… or glass of sherry may have been better :) I had my eyes tested recently….but the only think they deduced was that it’s worse than it was a year ago…do you think it’s true what they say about women who wear glasses??? Make sure you join me and Joan Rivers in October, cos she’s got a TSV that’ll help you see more clearly. And yes, I am enormously proud of Sam… would give anything to have changed the outcome, but very glad that he’s doing so incredibly well. Thank you for your lovely message. Love Alixx

  14. alison keenan August 21, 2009 at 12:12 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jules, Thank you for your lovely account of your ‘lock in’ at the airport! Not surprised you were panicking! So glad you didn’t miss the plane :) The weather here apart from Wednesday and Sunday has been pretty grim. Awful this morning I’ve been backwards and forwards with the washing on the line…bit like a fiddlers elbow! I did ask the boys NOT to wear things they wanted to take on holiday, but hey…boys will be boys! I’ll let you know how the holiday goes, and will pray for some sunshine for you in Scotland. Thanks again for writing and for your kindness re Sam, love Ali xx

  15. Rhona Fenton August 21, 2009 at 3:54 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison, so good as alway’s to hear from you, just to give you the heads up I got the book in waterstones and it is such a good read if your a cat lover more so, have a fantastic time in Ibiza surprised it’s still standing after I left you know what these age 18 holidays are like, it’s a wonder your boyfriend tanned with Red hair, am blonde and burn, unlike you, and my hubby he goes so brown soooooo unfair!!
    look forward to hearing all about your holiday when you get back have a FAB time!! love Rhona xx :)

  16. alison keenan August 21, 2009 at 5:46 pm -  Reply

    Rhona – would have been good to have met you in Ibiza when I too was 18!! Sure we would have had a few tales to tell :)Will let you know what I think of the book if I can find it. Have you ever read Thomasina? That too is about a cat, but I can’t remember who wrote it… sorry! It’s lovely though. Take care and look after yourself and your hubby, Love Ali xx

  17. Kristina Moore August 21, 2009 at 7:12 pm -  Reply

    Hello Alison, well done Sam. I remember watching Oscar Pistorius (I think that is how you spell his name) running very, very fast on two prosthetic legs during the paralympics. You just need to believe in yourself. Do that and you can do anything! Good luck to you all.
    Best wishes

  18. maggie shankster August 24, 2009 at 4:23 pm -  Reply

    dear alison,ive just read your blog ,it was wonderful to read such good news with a happy ending.Jack deserves a big hug for his bravery,i hope he continues to improve every day.You loook so happy at the moment and very glamourous to,take time to enjoy it

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  20. Lorraine August 29, 2009 at 11:02 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison,
    It brought a tear to my eye to read about your wonderful son Sam. I also did not realise he had this accident but I wish him all the luck in the world. I know what is like to watch a child of yours suffer. My now 12 year old daughter became ill with ME/CFS when she was just 9 and I aslo suffer from the same illness and you just want to take it away from them.
    Have a wonderful holiday. We love Ibiza too.
    Lorraine x

  21. dorothy young August 30, 2009 at 6:38 pm -  Reply

    just read blog did not know SAM was hurt that bad you must be so proud how he has come on, it must have been hell,you always looked so cheerfull dont know how you did it. dont know what I would do if anything happend to my daughter anyway enjoy yr holls
    love dorothy x

  22. alison keenan August 30, 2009 at 7:22 pm -  Reply

    Hi Kristina, Thank you so much for your message. I too watched that awesome performance and it really moved me. Having just got back from our holiday I’m pleased to report that Sam swam in the sea and also the pool with his ‘new’ leg, so is improving all the time. Do hope all’s well with you, and please do keep in touch, it’s lovely to hear from you.
    Love Ali xx

  23. alison keenan August 30, 2009 at 7:24 pm -  Reply

    Maggie, How lovely are you?! Thank you for your kind comments – I am blushing through my tan. Yes I’m truly proud of my boy, and am certain he will continue to improve. Tandem skydive on Saturday, so i will take photos to show you. Keep in touch, love Ali xx

  24. alison keenan August 30, 2009 at 7:32 pm -  Reply

    Dear Elizabeth, what a lovely message to come home to! Thank you so much. I do hope you are well recovered from your knee operation and out of pain. I have heard that knees are possibly the most painful joints to have operated on, so I do wish you well. Yes I did have a lovely time away with my boys, and watching Sam wade into the sea in front of a beach full of inquisitive faces, and then do a hand stand was fantastic :) He never once let it stop his enjoyment, and apart from being tired following too many late nights, he said it was one of the best holidays he’d had. Jack also had a ball, and although only 16 danced the night away with the rest of us. It’s been a long two years – today being the second anniversary since Sam lost his leg, but look how far we’ve come….I am very proud of him. You take care, and please do keep in touch. Love Ali xx

  25. Gwen McCann August 30, 2009 at 8:25 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison – just read about your “boy” Sam. Isn’t he just amazing!!! and what a super mum you are. You know, hearing things like that make me realise that TV presenters are really normal (sometimes we tend to think of you being way above the rest of us). God bless you all and take care and if Sam is doing his bit for charity we could sponsor him.
    I too was stuck in a lift. It was Christmas night and I visualised myself being there until the next morning. Luckily there was a phone in it and I was able to call one of my colleagues day who came to the lift – pressed the button and hey presto it opened.
    Enjoy your break in Ibiza and look after yourself (and Sam)
    See you soon (on QVC)

  26. Linda August 31, 2009 at 7:22 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    Many congratulation to Sam, what a great achievementx I hope you both share many more in the future. Best wishes to you both Linda, Glasgow

  27. Elaine September 2, 2009 at 9:04 pm -  Reply

    hi alison
    I have watched qvc for a few years and you are my favourite presenter. I never fail to be amazed at how you can appear on the screen with that lovely smile despite what is going on in your life. I have had worries over the past year, breast lump, my son had fluid on his lungs and my daughter has just had an abnormal smear test and this is still ongoing. I am a school secretary and have to appear with a smile on my face each day and I have to say that you are my inspiration
    Thanks for the pleasure you bring

  28. alison keenan September 2, 2009 at 11:39 pm -  Reply

    Dear Lorraine, I’m so sorry to hear about your daughter, and know how truly worrying that must be for you especially as you also suffer with this condition. Best thing is that you will completely understood how she’s feeling and that young as she is, medical research is moving on all the time and hopefully, within the next few years, they will have a better understanding of ME and the ways they can treat it. We all hope so. Ibiza was a blast :) don’t think I’ll have the energy to do again though! Take good care of each other, Love Ali xxx

  29. alison keenan September 2, 2009 at 11:44 pm -  Reply

    Hello Dorothy, thank you so much for your message. It’s hard to believe it was two years back – sometimes my memories are as clear as if it was yesterday – ambulance sirens still make the hairs on the back of my neck stand up…. But Sam is a star, and if you’d have seen him wade into the sea on holiday, it’d have made you smile… did me :) I send you and your daughter my love, and pray you always enjoy good health. Ali xxx

  30. alison keenan September 2, 2009 at 11:58 pm -  Reply

    Crikey Gwen, that could have been the Christmas to end all Christmases!! Lovely to hear from you and thank you for your very kind words – I think Sam’s amazing too… can’t imagine how I’d have coped with losing a leg at 18 years old… not as well as him I’m sure. And thank you too for your offer to sponsor him, it’s very kind of you. He’s actually doing the jump to raise money for The Limbless Association so anything at all I’m sure would be gratefully received by them. And please don’t ever think just because of the job we do we are any different to anyone else… we’re just lucky it’s a great place to work, and even nicer to keep in touch with other ‘normal’ people like you :). Thanks again for taking time out to get in touch, it’s lovely to hear from you. Ali xxx

  31. ann cain September 5, 2009 at 5:22 pm -  Reply

    well i didnt no about sam i have a grandson name you no alison i have never met a nasty lad name sam. he deserves everything he wants out of life,god bless you both, ann cain

  32. alison keenan September 7, 2009 at 11:50 am -  Reply

    Hello Ann, thanks for taking the time to write. Sam is a great name I agree, and I’m sure your grandson is as lovely as my boy:) I actually named him after Ted Danson’s character Sam in the TV sitcom CHEERS, cos I thought he was lovely! God bless you too, Love Ali x

  33. alison keenan September 7, 2009 at 11:56 am -  Reply

    Elaine, I was so sorry to read of all that you and your family have and are still going through. Your daughter I am SURE will be fine; the medical services will keep a check on things and as a young and strong woman I am certain all will be well. I have often thought how difficult it must be to face the world – as you do in your job – when you are struggling with so much. It’s not dissimilar to sitting in front of a camera, but like you I’m sure, you switch into ‘work’ mode pretty much automatically now. Do keep in touch and let me know your daughter is OK, and that you too remain in good health. Lots of love,
    Ali xxxx

  34. alison keenan September 7, 2009 at 11:57 am -  Reply

    Thank you Linda, I have passed your kind words onto Sam, and they are much appreciated. I do hope all is well in your world! Love Ali xx

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