A big thank you for all your kind words…


I've sat down today to write to all those of you who have written such kind words to me after reading my blog about Down's awareness day and I'll be honest, I just do not know where to start. Dan and I flew to Marrakesh on the 21st, ( I know, talk about timings!) Mummy rang as we were checking in to say how proud she was to see Tom on QVC's website and guess what I had had some replies.

WOW – I was excited and so happy. As I linked in to see for myself people must've had Dan and I down as a couple who are unable to hold a conversation with each other and are welded to our phones! 

It's always strange when I write something and it's published on my  blog. I always think will it be looked at? Have I offended? Will anyone write a message back? But this blog was so very important to me and I feel terrifically grateful to QVC for putting Tom up on the homepage, particularly as it had led some of you to click and read.

There were articles in the press that day which reduced Dan to tears on the plane! Bit tricky stifling sobs in such close proximity to strangers! Happy tears too he said! That evening we read the wonderful comments you had chosen to leave about Tom and about your own lovely and super special children and families – tears AGAIN!!

So, an emotional day was had for sure but a delighted, grateful and "connecting" day, if that makes sense.

Through the blog and from your replies I feel so many of us are all coping with differences of one kind or another and I know inspiration and strength came through to me as I read each and every word of yours.

I send my love to you all and hope you'll forgive me for not replying personally to each of you.
As ever, I am so humbled that you took the time to read and perhaps share my words.
Thank you ALL of you,

Claire, Dan, TOM, Joe and Maddie


  1. Eileen Taylor April 1, 2013 at 8:59 pm -  Reply

    No need to reply to the comments just know that you are in our thoughts and prayers all the time and that you and Dan are a great family unit toTom Joe & Maddie.You looked great on Pampered pets this evening.xx

  2. susan April 1, 2013 at 10:41 pm -  Reply

    Hi Claire how was your hol? Were you there with Ali and Colin? I hope you had a great time and I am so pleased you were happy with your responses to Tom’s blog..he is a star! Sorry I missed his on tv!! X

  3. Steven April 2, 2013 at 4:49 pm -  Reply

    As a couple of the ladies have said there’s no need to say thanks Claire. I think I speak for all my fellow bloggers when I say we love how your share your life with us through the blogs and the last blog obviously touched a lot of people including me which being a guy doesnt always happen i must confess! Caught the dress boutique show earlier and have to say you looked a million dollars – as always.
    Take care and best wishes to Tom and the rest of your family too
    Steven xxx

  4. Anne April 3, 2013 at 10:15 pm -  Reply

    Hi Claire. I always look forward to reading your blog and listening to all your adventures with your lovely family. Only exceptional people are sent special children to look after in this life and you and Dan are they. Tom will grow up knowing how much he is loved and Joe and Maddies life will be all the richer for having a brother like Tom. I honestly don’t know how you do all you do. Very busy mum and wife, television presenter who always looks extremely glamarous and very gifted writer. At some time in the future when the children are older you really should write a book about your unique life. You have an amazing talent with words that speak to the heart. Keep doing it all and giving us all such pleasure, and give yourself a huge pat on the back.
    Take care and best wishes to all your family including your lovely mum.
    Anne xxx

  5. Gwen Tugwell April 4, 2013 at 12:05 pm -  Reply

    Hello Claire,
    As already stated no need for thanks more like our thanks to you for sharing your experiences in life. Once again love to you Dan and your lovely family.
    Looking forward to more news soon.

  6. Susan April 4, 2013 at 5:15 pm -  Reply

    Claire I just realised I meant to write Gus on TV..not his lol. Oops. How did he do?? x

  7. Mrs V April 9, 2013 at 2:58 pm -  Reply

    Hi Claire
    Hope you enjoyed your holiday. Great to see you on the amber show today. You looked beautiful, you always do. Your blogs are fantastic I love reading them. I never thought I’d comment on any blog but there is something quite special about yours.Much love and God’s blessing be upon you and your family.
    V x

  8. marian June 1, 2013 at 3:06 pm -  Reply

    Inspirational xx

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