Yesterday I was invited to The Savoy Hotel on the Strand for a spot of afternoon tea, to celebrate the global launch of P&G's Olympic 'Thank You, Mum' campaign. Jessica Ennis-Hill and her mum, Alison Powell, are ambassadors - and they were at the Savoy to talk to Gabby Logan about their relationship; how Alison supported Jess in her Olympic dream - and also when she had her son, Reggie, in 2014 and embarked on first time motherhood.
We had a really lovely afternoon in the River Room, drinking tea and eating scones whilst listening to Jess and Alison. She may be an Olympic champion and world heptathlete but Jess really is the most lovely, down to earth woman. She said that she wouldn't be where she is today without the help, support and strength of her mum - and I think a lot of us feel the same about our own mothers. Whilst chatting, Jess mentioned how her parents encouraged her with her sporting dreams and used to ferry her around to all her training sessions, which sounds pretty similar to my own parents, although in my case it wasn't to training sessions, it was to music lessons and gigs ;)
As part of the campaign, P&G released this video, entitled 'Strong', which focuses on the journey of four mums and their kids on their way to the Olympic Games (it's hard to believe there's only 100 days to go until the Opening Ceremony of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio!) and demonstrates the courage and strength mums show their children on a daily basis.
What do you think of P&G's 'Thank You, Mum' video? It's definitely a tear jerker, isn't it! Motherhood is such an incredible gift. I'm so grateful for all the things my mum has done, and continues to do, for me; for the things she has taught me and the support she has given me, both throughout my childhood and now that I'm a mum myself. It's so important to me that my own children know that they can do anything they want to do, and I'll be behind them 100%, just like my mum has always been for me. Thank you, Mum.