WOW Mums

Former Blue Peter presenter Zoe Salmon on her mum and best friend, Priscilla, who passed away in 2016.

Tell me a bit about your mum.

My mum really was a true beauty – beautiful from the inside out.

She was one of those people who seemed too good to be true but she was everything and more.

To say she was so lovely, incredibly nice, good-natured, caring, gentle, kind, generous, big-hearted, selfless, hardworking, adventurous, modest, humble, brave, dignified, stylish, intelligent, witty, fun and loving just doesn’t do her justice.

Her talents were many, from playing the piano to baking, dressmaking and knitting to name but a few.

I still have so many amazing things she knitted, it’s a skill I would love to learn one day. 

She was so patient and a great listener.

To have had four children all under the age of five, she really did have the patience of a saint.

I never had a babysitter or a childminder, my mum was always there for my siblings and I 24/7.

She was extremely giving, even if you bought her a box of chocolates she’d open them and offer you them first.

If you gave her a gift, she’d want to share it back with you.

She always wanted to help, she would do anything for you, she would go above and beyond, “no” didn’t seem to be in her vocabulary. 

She had such a brilliant sense of humour and I find myself repeating her little jokes all the time.

She was so naturally witty and intelligent, she still makes me laugh when I think of some of the things she would say and do. 

I was so proud of her going to college as a mature student and following her dreams.

She waited until my siblings and I had all grown up and were ready to fly the nest.

I was so fortunate to be able to get back in time from London to watch her graduate in Belfast, it such an incredible achievement and we were all so proud of her.

She studied various courses, but trichology and hairdressing were her passion which she then went on to teach.

She made so many friends at college and was very popular – I still get lovely people coming up to me to tell me how much they loved her. 

She was a very private person who dedicated her life to her family.

I’ve never met anyone like her, she’s like something out of a fairy tale.

She really was unique, she was perfect.

She was always smiling and that’s how I remember her.

She continues to inspire me every single day to be a better person, she was the nicest person I’ve ever known. 

What’s your favourite memory of your mum?

It’s so difficult to choose and, of course, I wish she were here so we could create more memories together.

When I think of all the memories it’s a feeling I’m left with – of happiness and joy. 

We filmed together for ITV’s This Morning for a segment called Travels With My Mother. We travelled back to one of our favourite family holidays in Spain, to the exact villa where our family had stayed.

When we arrived at the villa the gates were shut and I remember my mum saying to the crew – ‘can’t we just climb over?’

I thought it was so funny but that was my mum, most of my memories are of funny little one liners that I recall and repeat all the time.

It was so special to be back in Spain with my mum so many years later.

It was such a magical place to return to as an adult and I’m so happy we got the opportunity to do that together and to take photos in those same original places.

We always went on holiday as a family, so this was the only time my mum and I went on a little holiday together.

It was so much fun and how wonderful that it is all captured on film, a special little holiday video to watch again and again. 

What is the greatest lesson you learnt from your mum?

When I think about my mum I think about true kindness and just how important it is to be kind.

It’s so simple but it’s true.

In a world where there can be so much negativity I wish there were more people like my mum who are more kind, caring and giving.

I try my best to be like my mum and to spread positivity through kindness; we should never underestimate those small gestures and acts of kindness that can truly change someone’s day for the better.

I love smiling and chatting to strangers when I’m doing my grocery shopping because you just never know what people are going through, a simple smile and a little chat can mean so much.

Try to be kind always. 

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Personal stylist Samara Prentice on her mum, Andrea Briggs.

Tell me a bit about your mum.

My mum is kind hearted, strong and great fun.

Mum comes from a long line of strong females and she often jokes that no man will ever stand in her way.

Mum has taught me so much about core beliefs and values and the type of person I want to be, especially now that I have children of my own.

I really value our friendship and time spent together is so precious.

Mum and dad have been together since they were teenagers and have recently celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary.

They are a great example to my younger brother and I of how you should work at your marriage every single day. 

What’s your favourite memory of your mum?

I have so many lovely memories of time spent with my mum, but my favourite of all time was on the run up to our wedding.

We spent so many precious moments choosing all the finer details for my wedding.

Mum is quite shy by nature and seeing her looking so beautiful in her mother of the bride outfit was a defining moment.

Her inner confidence shone through and she looked absolutely stunning.

It’s amazing what the power of a great outfit can do for any woman.

What is the greatest lesson you have learned from your mum?

That everything happens for a reason. This is my mum’s mantra.

She has a strong faith and often tells me, “God doesn’t send you anything he doesn’t think you can handle”. 

I am so grateful that she taught me this lesson as I have come to realise that life isn’t something we can control, and this little line gives me a sense of comfort.

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PR consultant Nicola Marks on her mum, Maggie.

Tell me a bit about your mum.

Mum is my best friend, she’s great fun,  kind, incredibly thoughtful, and always does way too much for all of us.

Mum is always putting everyone else first and more than anything, my mum loves to shop, and she adores her grandchildren – so combine the two and I have two well kitted out little girls.

What’s your favourite memory of your mum?

Every Saturday without fail, Mum, my Nanny and I would go shopping, we didn’t always buy much but just wandering about the shops and seeing things we liked was how we all bonded.

My nanny would have spent her very last penny on us and my mum is exactly the same.

To this day, she’ll say, “Sure I’ll go halfers with you”.

What is the greatest lesson you have learned from your mum?

That it is very important to maintain your friendships.

As we grow, friends often drift but Mum taught me to keep the good ones close, both Mum and I have friends we have kept throughout all our lives.

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