I’m pretty sure that Charles Dickens didn’t have Mother’s Day in mind when he famously observed, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times,” but for some it’s a sentiment that will ring true today. While millions of mothers around the country will be rightfully waking up to breakfast in bed and lukewarm tea this morning, and spoiled with handmade cards and dubiously-yet-lovingly wrapped gifts, for others today will be a bittersweet reminder of what they have lost. Until the birth of my first child almost eight years ago, I found Mother’s Day a sombre occasion, given my mother died when I was a teenager. Now, as a mum of two healthy (albeit noisy) young boys, it’s once again a happy time for me, but I will always be mindful of all those for whom it remains difficult. And it’s for that reason two women featured in our issue today – glowing mum Rebecca Judd and grieving daughter Georgia Love – are a nod to both the best and worst of what Mother’s Day can mean to different people.