Thank you for your lovely comments…


I can honestly say I was overwhelmed that so many of you chose to write your comments to me after reading about Tom.

I received over 200 cards and letters from QVC viewers following Tom's birth. I still have them – they did and still do bring me comfort. I didn't expect such a wonderful response from so many of you following my story last week. It has lifted me to know that you care about Tom and indeed about my family.

Many of you actually thanked me for sharing my thoughts and I must return the favour as it is both humbling and heartening to have read your words. So many of us are living different lives than we had thought or planned, and yet the incredible riches we have are such a reward for the heartache and uncertainties.

Tom enjoying an ice cream To reply to each of you would be my choice but I decided to write this piece and hope it shows to each of you how important your responses were.

We had a fun-filled birthday – Tom delighted us with his new found seriousness which of course is part and parcel of becoming eight! Mind you, the teenage style attitude which also popped up during our lovely visit to Aldeburgh was not our most favourite new trait…luckily short lived!

Poor Dan was rather exhausted retrieving Tom from his exuberant marching-off moments down the beach… I tell you, never underestimate how much beach an eight-year-old can cover in a matter of minutes!

Tom and Joe For Tom the highlight of his birthday was his party. 12 eight-year-olds, plus my three – thank goodness the sun shone. I actually think it was one of the best parties we've done (though I say so myself). We went back to tradition with pass the parcel, a treasure hunt, dressing-up races and blindfold tasting (though the mustard and marmite may have been a little mean of me!)

Tom was thrilled, as was I to see him playing properly alongside his lovely little classmates. I think as each birthday looms I revisit those early emotions, particularly so this year as I'd written my story for you. Yet, surfacing on the other side, I'm so pleased to see for myself just how far we have come…
To those of you who responded and also to those of you who just took some time to read my words, from my heart I thank you,



  1. Kristina Moore May 7, 2009 at 8:17 pm -  Reply

    Now that explains the noise coming from up the coast! I’m in Ipswich and I wondered what was going on. Seriously though I’m glad everyone had such a great time and well done Dan on retrieving Tom as Aldeburgh beach is mainly pebbles and hard work.
    We will always be interested in you and your family simply because it feels like you are part of our families.
    Best wishes

  2. Claire Sutton May 8, 2009 at 10:21 am -  Reply

    Hi Kristina,
    Actually the beach is somewhat lighter in pebbles after our trip….I wonder is that legal, to take pebbles I mean?
    I wonder too if they may be the same ones you carried around in your carpet bag too?!
    Take Care
    Love Claire x

  3. helen May 8, 2009 at 11:38 am -  Reply

    Hi Claire, glad you all had a great day, and Tom looked so funky. He’ll go a long way, he’s got that glint in his eyes and the love and determination from two, obviously wonderful parents.
    Love and hugs
    Helen xx

  4. Kristina Moore May 8, 2009 at 3:02 pm -  Reply

    Hello, as I remember it I don’t think the powers that be like you taking things off the beach. I took one pebble from Aldeburgh beach once. We have taken shells and a few pebbles off beaches in Scilly and I am still waiting to be told off!
    The pebbles I carried in my carpet bags were baroque semi-precious gemstones ie carnelian, agate, turquoise etc. I still have pockets full of them and am buying girasol by the bucket load at present. They are kept in hand turned wooden bowls when not in my pockets.
    Hugs to all of you

  5. kath May 8, 2009 at 9:37 pm -  Reply

    Hi Claire
    Your boys are so beautiful and it sounds like they had lots of fun on the beach. You are my favourite presenter and I always look out to watch your shows. You not only sell the products but you make the shows fun to watch as well. You deserve to be on mainstream TV. I would love to see you as the new replacement presenter on This Morning. I bet you would work well together with Phillip Schofield

  6. Angela T May 10, 2009 at 11:37 am -  Reply

    Hi Claire,
    Your story really touched my heart – I’m not sure I can type properly through the tears at the moment so please excuse any mistakes!! It’s funny how we all feel that we know you so well when in fact we actually don’t but seeing you on the telly each day brings you into our homes and our families and I personally am thankful for that. I feel priviledged to “know” such a beautiful person inside and out. I don’t have children but if I am ever blessed with any and however they may come I hope I have the courage and grace to love as you do. Bless you and your entire family.
    Sending love and a hug.
    Angela xx

  7. julie May 11, 2009 at 7:39 pm -  Reply

    Hi Claire
    I am so glad Tom had such a wonderful birthday. I love hearing about your family. Unfortunately i don’t yet have any children, but i hope if/when i do, i can be as good a mum as you.
    You always light up the tv and i feel that i know all of you presenters. you are like friends in my living room.
    Lots of love,

  8. Eve Peterson May 24, 2009 at 1:32 am -  Reply

    Hi Claire
    I am so happy that you keep us in touch about your lovely family. It,s so nice to hear that you and Dan have stayed so strong for each other. you help us all in so many ways,Eg When i can,t sleep at night i come down and read your news on your lovely family.Some times the tissues come out,and some times you just make me laugh.It,s lovely to see your beautiful children so full of joy.You are a fantastic person and i thank you for sharing some of your life with us, keep strong for each other.
    Lots of love,Eve

  9. Denise June 7, 2009 at 1:18 pm -  Reply

    Hi Claire
    I never knew that Tom had downs until today.. You have an amazing little boy there and you are a super mum
    I am mummy to triplets, after having 2 ectopic pregnancies, 1 miscarriage, i got pregnant with my daughter ameile. She was born at 26 weeks and unfortunatley lived for 8 days. I then got pregnant and low and behold i have triplets who are my life… All girls
    I just wanted to wish you and your family a very happy year
    Denise & the triplets 🙂

  10. ian from glads August 5, 2009 at 11:47 am -  Reply

    hi mate long time no see, so glad your doing fine, 3 kids
    i stoped at 2, would love to chat to you, never get to london much, up nroth doing TV drarma waterloo road at the mo .i do see you on the box now and then, do you still see lyndsey?

  11. Samantha Main September 21, 2011 at 9:49 am -  Reply

    Hello Claire, Think your a great person and love to watch you, think your very funny. I do have a question if I may ask you? I absolutely love your engagement/wedding ring and would love to have one like it, would appreciate it if you could tell me where you purchased it, was it QVC by any chance. I do appologise for being cheecky in asking and hope you are not offended. Thank you.

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