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Famous Surrey mums share what Mother’s Day means to them

PUBLISHED: 15:47 24 March 2017 | UPDATED: 10:00 27 March 2017

Clockwise from top left: Niamh Cusack, Katherine Higgins, Laura Hamilton and family (Photo: Andy Newbold), Andrea McLean and family (Photo: Andy Newbold) and Lucy Alexander

Clockwise from top left: Niamh Cusack, Katherine Higgins, Laura Hamilton and family (Photo: Andy Newbold), Andrea McLean and family (Photo: Andy Newbold) and Lucy Alexander

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The last Sunday in March gives us the chance to thank the mums in our lives for their continued support and guidance. We caught up with some famous Surrey faces to find out what motherhood means to them

Originally published in Surrey Life magazine March 2017

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NIAMH CUSACK

Occupation: Actress, currently starring in My Brilliant Friend at the Rose Theatre, in Kingston

Hometown: Richmond

What does being a mum mean to you?

“I am a mum first. That is my proudest role. I love the camaraderie of mums. That we all go through the highs and lows. It’s a role that levels everyone. And I love how having a child has kept me in touch with the ever changing world.”

What is a typical Mother’s Day like in your household?

“Well it is pretty low key. I do get cards... from my son and from my husband. I have kept quite a few of those cards as they do lift my heart. As Mother’s Day is on a Sunday, I get cooked for but that is because my husband always cooks on a Sunday! And if anyone is grumpy I play the Mother’s Day card; I remind them for the full 24 hours that they have to be extra nice... And they obey!”

LAURA HAMILTON

Occupation: TV presenter, A Place in the Sun

Hometown: Purley

What does being a mum mean to you?

“I love my life as a mum and can’t remember life before it. Having children is the biggest challenge and hardest job anyone can do, yet is probably one of the most rewarding.”

What is a typical Mother’s Day like in your household?

“I don’t really have an average day because two weeks out of every month I am abroad some where different with Rocco and Tahlia. They are real little jet setters that have both travelled since they were three weeks old. I hope, as they get older, their love of adventure and travel continues!”

KATHERINE HIGGINS

Occupation: Television presenter, Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is and Flog it

Hometown: Guildford

What does being a mum mean to you?

“In a word, joyous… almost all the time! I’m blessed with four lovely children ranging in age from four to 16 – two boys and two girls - so mummy life in our household is busy. To add to the complexities, they attend four different schools so I’d class myself as a good juggler; being flexible and adaptable to continual change is something I’ve learnt to do. Being a mum also means picking up the pieces, arriving at school with forgotten gym kit, being a weekend taxi driver when they want to go shopping and putting the “floordrobe” of clothes back where they belong. But these are little details I’m sure to miss when they’ve flown the nest so I’m enjoying it all now.”

What is a typical Mother’s Day like in your household?

“Crazy when all four children are at home! I’m usually treated to breakfast in bed on Mother’s Day; delicious crisp toast with lashings of ‘bear’ as we call it (marmalade). All four of them pile onto our bed and snuggle up for a cuddle – that’s lovely. It’s then up and generally out somewhere for lunch or a favourite for me is to hit the V&A and enjoy an exhibition followed by lunch in the café. Essentially it’s a big day off for me… and I LOVE IT!”

ANDREA MCLEAN

Occupation: Television presenter, Loose Women

Hometown: Ashtead

What does being a mum mean to you?

“I think that being a mum is like being a a superhero playing ‘Whack A Mole’. No two days are the same, and the terms of battle can change hourly. Just when you think you’ve saved the planet and peace is restored, up pops another baddie, in the shape of a school project that must be handed in immediately or the world will be destroyed. Asking a teen to hurry up and get ready before we’re all late is bizarrely a code for declaring Armageddon. It can be tough. You have to be tough, and stand firm, your superhero cape billowing in the wind, because your kids need you to be strong. But then there are the days when it all slots into place... when dinner time is filled with laughter and everyone agrees that the film we’re watching is actually okay. When you get an unexpected hug while passing on the landing, and a sweet ‘I love you’ while tucking your 10¬year¬old into bed. That’s when my heart fills to bursting and I’m so consumed with warm, fuzzy love for my children I could combust. My kids are the best thing I’ve ever done, even when they’re at their worst. And that’s why I love being a mum.”

LUCY ALEXANDER

Occupation: TV presenter,

Hometown: Richmond

What does being a mum mean to you?

“Absolutely everything, the kids just make everything alright and I’m so proud of Kitty & Leo. They are the best company and I prefer my family nights out with my kids now over ones with friends... (don’t tell my mates that!). As a family we have all overcome so much, [Lucy’s daughter, Kitty, contracted a rare, paralysing neurological disease aged seven] we don’t take anything for granted. We all tell each other (me especially) how much we love each other...kisses and hugs a plenty!”

What is a typical Mother’s Day like in your household?

“I love hand-written cards. Now my kids are a little bit older, they are usually more humorous and they write poems but they always spoil me and make sure, for the whole day, I’m doing something fun. I keep all the cards and look year upon year at how they change. I love my own mum the same way my kids love me so we all usually spend the day together.”

ADELE PARKS

Occupation: Author, her latest book, A Stranger in my Home, launched last month

Hometown: Guildford

What does being a mum mean to you?

“The short answer is everything. Becoming a mum gave me a sense of place, contentment and a greater awareness of my responsibilities to the communities we create, both locally and globally.”

What is a typical Mother’s Day like in your household?

“They vary! There have been years when I’ve been woken up to breakfast in bed, flowers and chocs, the works and there has been a year when the date was forgotten because my son was in a fencing competition and we were all focused on that! Still, I don’t mind as I feel appreciated all year round. My favourite Mother’s Days are the ones where I get to see my mum.”

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