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Well this story has me cutting onions, that I can tell you. The beautiful, poignant story of little Kaiden, whose heart is sadly broken. There is so much love in the Welch family and Kaiden is wise beyond his years. His mum, Kyra, shares his story in Woman’s Own this week and it’s a heartbreaking read. He’s an absolute champ and we love him!

I am in awe of the commitment and sacrifice Mary and Steve have made in the name of the dogs they love so much. They’ve spent 300k of their own savings setting up and running Street Dog Watch Association, taken nearly 100 dogs into their own home and saved, nursed and rehabilitated countless more. Plus, they’re working hard to reduce the street dog population in Kerala, India, in a compassionate and sensible way.

As an animal lover myself, I absolutely love writing about people like Mary. She’s run out of her own money now and desperately needs support, so if you love dogs and would like to help Mary’s mission, visit her website here or on Facebook here

The story was out in last weekend’s Love Sunday – you can read it online here.

In Bella this week, the beautiful story of Jeni and her daughters, Effie and Blythe, who both have a rare form of Down’s syndrome. It’s incredibly rare for more than one child in a family to have Down’s syndrome, and Jeni explains how lucky she feels with such wondrous love for her children, it is a truly gorgeous read.

Out now in Bella!

This beauty is Kate, a 19 year old model and now, crowned winner of Teen Ultimate Beauty of the World. Kate has Down’s syndrome and is on a mission to advocate equality. She is beautiful inside and out and an absolute joy to work with. Humble, kind, funny and so charismatic, I can see why her mum could hear the judges laughter through the walls during Kate’s pageant interview!

To find out more about Down’s syndrome, this website is the absolute best: The Future Of Downs

If you’d like to enter the fantastic, inclusive and wonderful Ultimate Beauty pageant, check out their website here.

Kate’s story was in the Sunday People and you can read it in full here.

For this glorious piece, mums Pippa, Emma and Vicky wrote themselves an open letter, going back in time to the day they found out their beautiful children had Down’s syndrome. The letters are poignant, powerful, funny, sweet and so lovely. Just like their children! I am so proud to work for the Down’s syndrome community, doing what we can to represent the reality of Down’s syndrome in the media so that families of the future understand that it’s not to be feared. Down’s syndrome has made these incredible children who they are.

Out now in Best. I worked on this piece in partnership with The Specials, which is a wonderful project. Check out their videos here.

The incredible story of first time mum Carolyne, who flew to India to have a type of IVF called ’embryo adoption’ at 58 years old. Using eggs from a younger donor and a sperm donor too, a fertilised embryo was transferred into Carolyne’s womb and she successfully carried the baby to term.
Now 59, Carolyne is a single mum raising the gorgeous Javed on her own, surrounded by supportive friends and family. While Carolyne’s story is controversial, she argues her point well and no-one can dispute that Javed will grow up knowing how loved and wanted he is.

You can read the full story here.

If you happened to watch the excellent Let Down on Netflix, you’ll know that motherhood is having a moment. I was inspired to write a piece about the reality of parenting because, as the Let Down so wonderfully celebrated, it is not always Instagram-perfect and is more often about putting the phone in the fridge and forgetting your own birthday.

These champion mums came forward to make my idea a reality and provided warm, witty, real anecdotes about life raising kids. Catch Rachel’s account of makeup on her walls and sick in her hair, and other motherhood greats, in Best this week!

I love friendship. Big fan. Adore my friends, love the very notion of what friendship is and how important it is for a fulfilled and happy life. Here, we celebrate lifelong friendships, born in childhood, raised in teenage years and matured in adulthood – through the trials and tribulations of life, these friendships stood firm and kept smiling.

Oh, and that’s my mum on the left! With my ‘aunt’ Kiki – they met at eight years old and are about to celebrate turning 70 together. Cuties!

Out in Best this week.

You probably saw the video – it’s now had four million views! It’s a wonderfully uplifting idea, created by 50 mums in the Down’s syndrome community (and edited by one dad – Jamie!) which saw the world’s heart melt for their beautiful, gifted kids. In our never-ending ambition to educate the world on what Down’s syndrome really means, this video summed it all up to a beat. It means happy families. It means clever kids. It means sunshine and smiles and laughter and tears (happy tears!)

Here, three of the mums featured in the video share with Bella magazine what it was like to see their kids go ‘viral’ … and what a profound effect on people’s understanding of Down’s syndrome they hope the video will have.

Here’s the lovely Kitten on yesterday’s This Morning, live from L.A at the unearthly hour of 3am! There’s an unfortunate time delay but Kitten deals with it like the pro that she is and shows us around her spectacular apartment. We organised this interview for Kitten after her story featured in Best magazine and there’s a few more interviews in the pipeline too. She’s such fun to work with, her character is every bit as pink as her apartment!

You can follow Kitten on Instagram here.