Carol Vorderman wraps up live show in tears as she remembers late mum ‘I’ve got to go’

Countdown star Carol Vorderman, 59, broke down in tears as she discussed Mother’s Day on her self-titled radio show yesterday. The mother-of-two read out a touching poem written by a 10-year-old and paid a tribute to her late mum Jean, who died three years ago.

I’m going to have to go now because I’m getting all upset.

Carol Vorderman

Carol began reading the poem in a chirpy voice, telling listeners: “This is a poem written by a 10-year-old.

“When I was a baby, my mum looked after me, she change my dirty nappy every time I had a wee.

“When I was wide awake and wouldn’t go to sleep, she would gently rock me until there was no peep.”

The Countdown star began to well up as she continued the poem.


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She added: “I love her very much because she is my friend and when I need some cash all my money she will lend.”

The Countdown star continued the poem which ended with the line: “Please tell her that I really care.”

Seconds after wrapping up the poem, she added: “Ah, you’re gonna start me off.”

“I’m with you,” her co-star Nathan Sussex added, seemingly comforting Carol.

She then went on to wish her listeners a Happy Mother’s Day as she began to cry.

Carol continued: “I just want to say, I lost my mum three years ago and she lived with me for over thirty years.

“And I loved her very much. My heart will be with her tomorrow.”

Swiftly wrapping up her show, she added: “I’m going to have to go now because I’m getting all upset.

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“But stay safe most of all, sending love to everyone,” she concluded.

Carol’s mum Jean died after a battle with cancer aged 88 in 2017.

At the time, the Countdown star said she rushed her mum to hospital after she complained about feeling unwell.

She told The Mail on Sunday’s Event Magazine: “Three days later, she was in a lot of pain, so I rushed her to the Bristol Royal Infirmary.

“She had tests on the Sunday and on the Monday she was told she had terminal cancer.”


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Recalling her emotions a year on from her mum’s death on ITV show Lorraine, she said: “I just didn’t cry.

“I didn’t really think about her. It can’t just be me who goes through it.

“I loved her. We could not have a closer bond. I adored the ground she walked on.

“So why is it that it just hasn’t come? I don’t understand it.”

The Carol Vorderman show continues next Saturday at 11.30am on BBC Radio Wales.

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