The Good Morning Britain host, Charlotte Hawkins, returns to the show to raise awareness about Motor Neurone Disease
The presenter returned back on the show yesterday, after giving birth to her daughter, Ella Rose, in February. But just weeks before she experienced the joy of her newborn baby girl, she was heartbroken by the loss of her father, Frank, after a long battle with Motor Neurone Disease (MND).
Charlotte is campaigning for Motor Neurone Awareness Month, and is not only keeping her dad’s memory alive, but also raising awareness of the disease.
‘We need to find a cure, every penny counts… the one thing that really shocked me when dad got his diagnosis, was that in this day and age, with all the medical advancement that we have, there’s nothing… there’s no cure, there’s no treatment, there’s one drug that slows the symptoms, but that’s it.
‘Effectively it’s a death sentence.’
Speaking to Phillip Schofield and Amanda Holden on This Morning, the 40-year-old TV host opened up about what life was like, living with the disease, and how it not only affected her father, but their whole family, saying: ‘It shook all our worlds… And to discover then more about it, and the effect that it has on a person’s body… they end up being a shell of the person they once were.’
While watching a clip of her dad, Charlotte understandably became emotional, but spoke about how brave her dad handled having MND: ‘And Dad faced the fact that he had this terminal illness, he didn’t let it change him as a person… I never saw him angry or frustrated, even when he lost his mobility and was confined to a wheelchair.’
Charlotte’s dad was diagnosed with MND back in 2011, and although he never got to meet his granddaughter, he knew Charlotte was pregnant, and her daughter’s arrival has been a happy blessing, and poetic, saying Ella Rose has been ‘a real positive focus for the family.’
‘It’s the circle of life, my dad leaving us and her arriving.
‘I definitely feel his presence every day, that he’s still watching over us.’
You’re a strong woman, Charlotte!