Me, my mum and my daughter


Ali with daughter Lucy We had the mums of Coronation Street stars on QVC for Beauty Day, sharing stories about their star daughters.

This has inspired me, Claire and Julia 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.

Why my daughter is a star

Her unswerving determination to make a success of everything she turns her hand to. She has always worked tremendously hard, not just at school and college where she took an additional A level at night school and also held down a job, but then again at University. 

She attained an excellent degree and then went on to qualify as a teacher. She never takes anything for granted and has the kindest nature. She’s faced every challenge head on and even through some difficult times she has remained positive. She's also incredibly organised – even her wardrobe is colour co-ordinated! On top of all that she can cook and makes fabulous birthday cakes. 

In what ways does your daughter inspire you?

Ali with her family Lucy faces life head on, but never over-dramatises a situation. I tend to over-react to things and she is always the quiet voice of calm who can sort it for me.  If she gets something wrong she apologises, and rather than running away from a problem, she works it out. 

I find it inspirational how she always wants to do or be better. She never settles for second best, which is why she's making such a success of her life and is always seeking out new challenges. She’d be an inspiration to anyone.

Why my daughter loves QVC (written by Lucy)

I love QVC because of the huge range of products available. I use the Philosophy skincare range which is really hard to find on the high street and if I do it’s really expensive! 

On QVC I can buy a big collection of products for the price of one pot on the high street – so I love the prices! I do a lot of online shopping and I think QVC is a great place for gifts – my Mum gave me a fantastic Diamonique ring which I wear everyday and people always comment on how lovely it is.

Why I love QVC (written by Lucy)

Ali with her family at her 50th birthday My mum likes working at QVC and is always enthusiastic about the products and learning about new ranges and products. She’s got lots of friends at QVC so is always happy to go into work!

She especially loves the Diamonique range because it allows her to have lots and lots of jewellery – she’s very glam so it adds to her look!

How my has Mum inspired me

It’s funny how the little things I must have learned from mum as a child have stayed with me as an adult.  How to cook, clean properly (moving things rather than cleaning round them!), make a home and deal with the children when things have been tricky. 

Ali with her mum She's also taught me how to cope with some of life’s hardest lessons. How to deal with bereavement, break up of a marriage, and even though she may have seen the writing on the wall, she’s stood by me when the path I’ve chosen hasn’t always been the easiest one. 

When I think of the hard work involved in bringing up three children and holding down a job, and then I remember the years she did that alone, I find that inspirational. Whenever any one of us – my sister, brother or myself – have had a crisis she’s always been there and remained calm and strong. I try to be there for my children too, and although I may appear calm and strong on the outside, it’s on those occasions that I’m often falling to pieces on the inside. 

Helping me to become a presenter

Ali and Mum when she was little Mum was involved in amateur dramatics when I was a child, and I used to help her to learn her lines while she did the ironing. She also inspired me to write – reading my poetry and essays as a chilld – and from there came my love of language. 

While we were still quite small she wrote a play one Christmas and we three performed it for our grandparents. It was a great success and somewhere on an old reel to reel is the evidence. She encouraged me to act in the school plays and read the lessons in church, and when I got my first job as a presenter on radio she was delighted. 

I always told her when I was planning to try for a job, and she’d ask all the right questions as to why I thought I’d like to do it and if I’d be able to do it. She never once dissuaded me from chasing my dreams.


  1. Rhona Fenton April 22, 2010 at 2:52 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison, sorry it’s been a while but busy pulling the bathroom to bits stopping half way as had a house full of friends to stay at the weekend but hey it all added to the fun:)must get started back to finish the bathroom off now:) love reading all about your lovely family no wonder you are a proud mum and Lucy I take my hat off to you for all you manage to do well done you :)as for my Daughters I am so proud of my Alison as she works with the Disabled of all ages male and female and loves her job very much I think anyone who can do that is amazing as I know I couldn’t so yes very proud of her for that amoung many other things and Rebecca well she is up to her eyes in 4th year exams just now and working so hard and not only that she now helps out in the local vet’s Boston was getting worried but I told him it’s nothing to do with him:) coming home telling me she was at the birth of a sheep, it was twins by the way boy and a girl, having to help hold the mum down while they cut into her, now you see I couldn’t do that job either so yes very proud of my two girls and they never fail to make us laugh and cry and pull our hair out, am just kidding, the laugh bit is right:) and I will get these pictures down to you Alison a long with the christmas ones, didn’t forget:)off to enjoy the rest of my birthday being spoiled today, have a lovely weekend and love to the family, lot’s of love Rhona xx

  2. elaine sallis April 22, 2010 at 8:39 pm -  Reply

    What a lovely blog Ali brought tears to my eyes, said all the things I would like to say to my daughter and
    I am going to say them this weekend. My mum died when i was in my early twenties and I would like five minutes with her to say all the things I never said. Saying what you think of those you love is something we should do whilst we still can and you have spurred me on to that. Elaine

  3. alison keenan April 23, 2010 at 10:23 am -  Reply

    Happy Birthday Rhona!!! So glad to hear you’re being spoiled, although having to refurb the bathroom doesn’t sound like much of a treat to me! 🙂 Just visualising how you managed with a house full of folk and nowhere to go, so to speak! You should be proud of your daughters. Thank heavens for girls like your Alison who does such an incredible job, and also to Rebecca for studying so hard to become a vet – Boston would be in good hands I know 🙂 Enjoy the remainder of the week, and I hope that in Scotland the weather is as beautiful as it has been here. Looking forward to receiving the photos. Love Ali xx

  4. alison keenan April 23, 2010 at 10:30 am -  Reply

    Elaine, you’ve brought a tear to my eye too, and I’m sure that when you tell your daughter what she means to you it will mean the world to her. It must have been so difficult for you to lose your mum when no doubt you would have wanted to share the experience of motherhood with her, but she, like you I’m sure, knew how much she was loved…. You can still tell her. I often talk to my dad who died when I was in my twenties, and can actually still hear his voice. It always brings me comfort. Our children don’t always vocalise it, but all the love and support you’ve given her all these years will have made her who she is today, and she will then go on to give the same to her children. As the song says ‘all you need is love’… something I’ve always believed 🙂 Have a great weekend with her Elaine, and thank you so much for writing. Love Ali x x

  5. Sandy Christian April 23, 2010 at 12:16 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison,
    I love it when you talk about your daughter Lucy, because it’s something we have in common. My daughter Rebecca was born on the same day as your daughter 12th October 1985,so it was a very special day for both of us. Daughters are fab, they grow into lovely young ladies they are your best friend too.
    Love Sandy

  6. Rhona Fenton April 23, 2010 at 12:22 pm -  Reply

    Alison there was a Bucket outside we were fine………only kidding the new toilet was in perfect working order, had a lovely birthday thank you, and not doing the bathroom got the day off, picked me up wrong Rebecca is going to do Art and Design the vet’s is just part time but still making loads of Annimal friends, thank you for your kind words about my girls you brought tears to my eyes, Rebecca as we speak is in the middle of her 5 hour Art exam so thinking about her:) thank you for always making me laugh, ment to say our saturday night out we raised £207 for MS every little helps so I was very proud of that:) have a lovely weekend love to all, love Rhona xx

  7. lorraine hood April 23, 2010 at 4:29 pm -  Reply

    allison your such a lovely ladie im very close to my mom shes wounderful we are like best friends,an old saying my sons i love to bits but a daughter a daughter all your life a sons a son till he takes a wife

  8. lorraine hood April 23, 2010 at 4:30 pm -  Reply

    allison for got to say regards lorrainex

  9. alison keenan April 23, 2010 at 11:24 pm -  Reply

    Wow Sandy, you are the only other person I’ve ever known who has a daughter exactly the same age as Lucy! How much did your daughter weigh and what time was she born? I love these little coincidences 🙂 And yes you’re right, she has grown into a beautiful and lovely young lady and in truth I think she knows me better than I know myself….Have a lovely weekend, and don’t forget to let me know about your daughter. Love Ali xx

  10. alison keenan April 23, 2010 at 11:31 pm -  Reply

    Rhona, hope Rebecca’s exam went well and sorry about the confusion with her being a vet!! Jack has a natural way with animals and they tend to gravitate towards him 🙂 Not sure what he will end up doing as an adult, but at present, like most teenagers, as little as possible 🙂 Well done you for raising all that money for MS – excellent job. Hope you all have a great weekend in the sunshine. Love Ali xx

  11. alison keenan April 23, 2010 at 11:37 pm -  Reply

    Hi Lorraine, thanks for writing to me, and it’s lovely to know that you have such a close relationship with your mum and your daughter. Life moves on at such a pace, that it’s hard to remember when we were children and our girls weren’t even born. I’ll wait until the boys are older and possibly married before I think too long about the last bit of your quote!!! 🙂 You have a great weekend, and it’s lovely for me that you keep in touch. Love Ali xx

  12. Dorothy April 24, 2010 at 3:39 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison
    I think all parents are special, I am what i am today because of my mam she did everything she could for us. Taught us right and wrong kept us on straight and norrow. SO hopefully iv done the same for laura. She sounds a bit like Lucy never takes anything for granted she always had part time jobs at school and univeristy, she is also a teacher and loves it.I look after both my parents as they are in ill health so hope i can repair them for everything they have done for me. Sorry things are not good for Sam fingers crossed they will get better.
    love best wishes.
    Dorothy xxxx

  13. Joanna Downey April 25, 2010 at 6:47 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison, yet again a lovely piece from you. All of us who have, or have had, wonderful and inspirational Mums will agree with all the things you’ve written. Those of us lucky enough to have gorgeous Daughters will also have nodded as we read your blog. I’m now an official “Mother of the Bride to-be” as our older Daughter is getting married next Easter and THE PLAN has just begun… I strongly believe in looking for blue skies and sunshine and also the importance of enjoying the magic of ordinary days, attitudes I got from my much-missed Mum. I hope I’ve passed these on to my girls. Jo x

  14. Sandy Christian April 26, 2010 at 6:06 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison,
    Thanks for replying to me, my daughter was born at 4.58 in the afternoon, I went into hospital at lunchtime, so it wasn’t to long a wait. She weighed 7lb 8oz, and I loved her the moment I saw her. She was born in South Wales. so I suppose she is welsh, however we returned home to Lincolnshire when she was small. What about Lucy what time was she born etc? I have never met any one else that had a child that day either, and I couldn’t believe it when you said on one of your shows the day Lucy was born. As you are of Lucy I am so proud of Rebecca, She has done a law degree and completed soliciters training. And as I said before, she is my best friend and as you say probably knows me better than I know myself. Well thanks again for replying love Sandy

  15. alison keenan April 26, 2010 at 8:36 pm -  Reply

    Dorothy you always write such lovely words and although I know it must be hard for your to have to care for your mum and dad now they are elderly, I think it’s wonderful that you will have that very special opportunity to give a so much back after all they will have done for you. Your Laura sounds delightful and you must be very proud. Proof if proof were needed that all your mum taught you when you were little has definitely been passed on to your daughter. Thanks too for always remembering Sam It’s hard at the moment and he so wants to get into Uni that I’m praying it’ll only be a temporary setback. He’s come such a long way to be let down at the stage. Take care and thanks as always for writing. Love Ali x

  16. alison keenan April 26, 2010 at 8:41 pm -  Reply

    Jo How exciting!!! And how wonderful that you are going to be involved from the very beginning in what will not doubt be an unforgettable day. Your beliefs will not have been missed by your daughter either I’m sure and although your mum won’t be there in person on the day itself, I’m sure there’s a little of her in both you and your daughter which will make her very much a part of the proceedings. I hope this will be a good week for you, and although I’ve taken a few days off I’ll be writing again at the end of the week. Take care, love ali xx

  17. alison keenan April 28, 2010 at 10:58 pm -  Reply

    Hi Sandy thanks so much for replying, and it seems as though I was just a little way ahead of you in the delivery stakes on the 12th – Lucy weighed in at 6lbs 12oz at 1.40pm! I was got to the hospital at 8am so it was pretty good going for a first baby 🙂 Gosh your Rebecca has certainly worked incredibly hard to attain a law degree and then to have completed the lengthy process to become a fully fledged solicitor. Not surprised that you are so proud of her….and the fact you have a close relationship is just icing on the cake 🙂 Lovely to hear from you again, and do keep in touch. Love Ali xx

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