MARY BERRY Pa­tron of Child Be­reave­ment UK

Woman & Home - - Amazing Women Winners -

Mary Berry, 83, has worked with the char­ity since 2009. child Be­reave­ment UK sup­ports fam­i­lies and ed­u­cates pro­fes­sion­als when a child of any age dies or is dy­ing, or when a child is fac­ing be­reave­ment. she has sup­ported many fundrais­ing events, in­clud­ing the Make for Mum cam­paign sup­port­ing fam­i­lies on Mother’s Day, and the #oneMoreMinute tV ads.

how do you feel about win­ning this

award? i’m ab­so­lutely amazed. i saw the line-up of very fa­mous, lovely, gra­cious peo­ple who were also nom­i­nated – and i can’t quite be­lieve i’m the win­ner. i feel hon­oured. Which woman has in­spired you in your life? my first cook­ery teacher, miss Date. not only did she teach me to cook, she in­spired me to do well. What achieve­ments are you most

proud of? re­ceiv­ing my cbe was a huge mo­ment for me, but ul­ti­mately i’m im­mensely proud of my work with child be­reave­ment uK. we lost a child, wil­liam, aged 19, and there was noth­ing like child be­reave­ment uK then. the char­ity does a won­der­ful job. What ad­vice would you give to your younger self? if you have a dream, go for it. if you think you can get there, you can get there.

What is your mantra? put your very best into life and pass on your wis­dom. i’ve learnt a lot and i’m now at this stage where it’s pay­back time. What couldn’t you live with­out? my hus­band, my chil­dren and my grand­chil­dren. they’re my life.

✢ child­be­reave­men­tuk.org

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