Before I get carried away with the glitz and glamour of the Tesco Mum of the Year Awards 2014, let me tell you a little story. It sums up my experience of the event perfectly.
As the ceremony was about to start at The Savoy in London, I wandered into the cloakroom with fellow blogger Mari. I was buzzing at the excitement of discovering I was sitting next to Brian ‘Westlife’ McFadden, so his name was mentioned a few times in our conversation. My voice might have been a little more high-pitched than normal. I might have been waving my arms around a little.
Giggling like someone much younger than my real self, I noticed a petite lady with blond hair wearing a gorgeous fitted dress smiling in my direction. She’d overheard my excitement and was sharing my moment of silliness. We laughed then went our separate ways.
The next time I saw her was when she stood up to collect her award for the Charitable Mum of the Year. It turns out that her name is Laura Young. She’d tragically lost her eight-year-old daughter Verity to cancer in 2009 and had gone on to set up The Teapot Trust charity providing art therapy to sick children. I’d struggled to hold it together hearing the family’s story.
It was that moment – when I saw Laura stand up and instantly recognized her from the cloakroom incident – that summed up my experience of the awards. It was a mixture of excitement and sadness. The excitement of the celebrities, the venue, the company and the food together with the sadness of what many of the award winners had gone through.
Ultimately though I couldn’t help but feel uplifted and inspired by what they had gone on to achieve and the differences they had been able to make to the lives of countless others as a result. Hope out of despair. Triumph out of tragedy, often again the odds. Simply incredible.
There were eight incredibly worthy winners in total. You can see them all this Sunday on Channel 5 when the awards are broadcast.
There’s also music from the incredible Sam Bailey that will give you goosebumps, and from Boyzone, who don’t need any introduction really.
The gorgeous Emma Willis presents the awards and there are appearances from Sara Cox, Esther Ranson, Denise Lewis, Ola Jordan and many more.
There are lots of other celebrity to look out for in the audience too, and some bloggers you might recognise. I’m sitting way too close to the front. Did I mention who I’m sitting next to?!
I’m an official blogger of the Tesco Mum of the Year Awards 2014. You can catch up with the event this Mothering Sunday at 6.10pm on Channel 5, repeated on Wednesday April 2nd at 7pm.