This year Tesco celebrates it’s 10th anniversary of celebrating the mums of Great Britain with awards for their campaigning, fund raising, achievements and for doing good in the community. For going above and beyond and really making differences in people’s lives. They are celebrating with a wonderful film to underline just how important these women are.
Tesco Mum of The Year 10th anniversary film
The judging panel, including Gabby Logan,Denise Lewis and Sara Cox, had a really tough job whittling down the thousands of entries to the 26 shortlisted finalists and then again to the 8 finalists and on Sunday I returned to The Savoy Hotel in London to watch each of these incredible ladies receive their awards.
Tesco Mum of the Year 2015 winners
Supportive Tesco Mum of The Year – Lousie Fetigan founder of My Daddy is a Soldier Adventures
Community Tesco Mum of The Year – Natasha Jones who started a non profit community project Baby Resuscitation
Charitable Tesco Mum of The Year – Sandra Howard who launched FABLE (For a Better Life with Epilepsy)
Inspirational Tesco Mum of The Year – Julie Cridland who lost her son Leon to a heart condition and subsequently set up The Leon Heart Fund
Achieving Tesco Mum of The Year – Emma Salisbury (my ‘mum’ who I have been so pleased to blog about) for setting up the Tommy Salisbury Choroideremia Fund
Compassionate Tesco Mum of The Year – Gail O’Shea who together with her husband set up the charity Wipe Away Those Tears That grants wishes to children who are seriously or terminally ill.
Enterprising Tesco Mum of The Year – Kate Geeson who started up Pheonix Milton with other fellow trustees, the charity-based social enterprise that offers work experience and employability qualifications to people with a wide range of learning difficulties.
Celebrity Tesco Mum of The Year – Esther Rantzen who founded the child protection charity Childline in 1986 and has since launched The Silver Line in 2013 for older people who suffer from loneliness and have no one to talk to.
I got to meet the ladies in the ‘Green Room’ before the lunch and awards started and I enjoyed speaking to Emma Salisbury and Louise Fetigan whilst sipping a glass of champagne.
We left the ladies as their make up was being touched up, final sprays of lacquer on posh up-dos and made our way to the celebrity bar where we mingled with Ola Jordan and her husband James. I asked her about he knee injury and luckily she’s almost mended now, she was disappointed to still be in flat shoes though. I recognised Sir Bernard Hogan Howe in full uniform, Esther Ranzen and many well loved singers and actors. It was amazing people watching in there.
We were ushered through to our meal and this year no celebs to sit with us, just a rowdy bunch of bloggers and Tesco staff, naturally it was the best table in the house.
I fulfilled a lifetime dream by meeting the wonderful Fearne Cotton who is ambassador of the Tesco Mum of The Year awards. I asked how long she was pregnant? (11 weeks). How was she feeling? Dreadful. ‘Been feeling as sick as a pig since I found out but it’s exactly like my last pregnancy.’ We wished her well and I skipped back honoured to have met her but gutted she’s leaving Radio 1.
The food was out of this world, check out our menu
Baked buffalo mozzarella with marinated heritage tomatoes, olive tapenade and baby gem
Pan seared rump of lamb with coconut rice, oriental vegetables and lemongrass jus
Passionfruit cheesecake with mango compote
Sancerre Andre Dezat 2012
Wide River Shiraz 2012
Tea, coffee and petit fours
Zoe Ball presented the show flawlessly and there were many tears in the house as each film was shown showing the lengths these women have gone to to help others. We had the enormous pleasure of listening to Jermain Jackman winner of 2014 The Voice and boy can he sing. He sang two songs and Blue (the group) al stood and gave him a standing ovation.
Blue finished off the day with a fantastic performance and last sone One Love. A truly spectacular day, one that I will treasure forever.
Disclosure: Thanks to Tesco Mum of The Year for asking me to be one of their official bloggers and the opportunity to attend such a wonderful event.