Christine Lampard bursts into tears as she praises hero NHS workers up for Sun’s Who Care Wins awards
WHILE her husband, soccer ace Frank, is away, Christine Lampard has found someone else to share a bed with – their three-year-old daughter, Patricia.
The eldest of the couple already has the goal of one day becoming a doctor.
Christine, 43, laughs: “It’s so funny, we were talking last night and I said dad was leaving. She said, ‘I’ll take care of you. I’ll tell you, mom, why don’t I sleep in your bed tomorrow night and take care of you?
“She desperately wants to get into my bed every night – she’s a little rascal.”
Like Patricia, Christine is inspired by the work done by doctors and nurses across the country and asks YOU to nominate your healthcare heroes for The Sun’s Who Cares Wins awards.
There are only days left before the nominations close and the presenter urges readers to send in their nominations, saying: ‘We have all appreciated NHS workers even before Covid and we are about to embark on the ceremony awards show, it’s probably more poignant than it ever was.
Name your NHS hero here
“Doctors and health workers have not had it easy – they all deserve an award, so readers must vote.
“It’s a nice pat on the back for the people who deserve it.”
“Hard, Old Gig”
Christine is the longest-serving Who Cares Wins Awards judge and her deep respect for healthcare professionals runs in the family.
She says, “All Patricia talks about are doctors. She’s got her little doctor’s bag with a stethoscope and all kinds. That’s all she wants to be right now. You have to pretend not to feel well sometimes, and she will come and stick a bandage on you to heal you.
Christine is incredibly proud of her best friend, who is a doctor, and her grandmother, who was a matron on a pediatric ward in Northern Ireland.
She adds: “My best friend studied for seven years and is a general practitioner. She continues to study to keep up to date with everything. It’s a tough old gig and she’s amazing.
Although she can’t wait to get to work judging the awards and celebrating healthcare heroes, Christine is also back to work on ITV’s Loose Women and Lorraine.
She says, “After a break, I still have that first day back-to-school feeling where you think, ‘Can I still talk?’ I took the dog out this morning and she did a disgusting poop, I just washed her butt. I cleaned two young butts all morning. Then I have to go to a studio and put on some foundation!
Who cares wins prizes
The Sun’s Who Cares Wins awards are back – and we need YOU to name your healthcare heroes.
Our annual awards, in partnership with NHS Charities Together, honor the extraordinary people who keep our health service running, from cleaners to porters, nurses to doctors and paramedics.
And this year we have another special awards night planned.
So if there is someone who has helped you or your family who deserves recognition for their amazing work, this is your chance to say thank you.
Nominations should be for help you have received in the past 12 months, unless it is hard work by an individual over many years.
The closing date for entries is July 12 this year.
The categories are:
- best doctor – an NHS doctor – general practitioner, hospital doctor or consultant
- best midwife – an NHS midwife who has provided great care to a woman or her baby
- best team – any NHS or healthcare team on the front line and behind the scenes who have gone above and beyond the call of duty
- best nurse – an NHS nurse in any field
- Best Health Charity – a charity that has helped you or a loved one
- unsung hero – do you know a friend or someone who gives their time to volunteer at a charity, hospital, hospice or similar?
- young hero – it could be a caregiver or an activist or something else. Open to anyone under the age of 18
- Mental Health Heroes – for a significant contribution to mental health
- 999 Heroes – An emergency service worker, crew or member of the public has performed an emergency rescue, operation or similar
It might be a few more years before Patricia and the couple’s 16-month-old son, Freddie, decide on a career path, but as stepmother to Frank’s two eldest daughters, Luna, 16, and Isla, 14, Christine gave advice. .
She says, “I had a chat with my daughters-in-law over the weekend. We talk about universities and what they want to do next. I kept telling them that they should follow their heart.
It’s such a great night for the people who deserve it, and that matters now more than ever.
“For me, it’s about loving something. That’s where the enjoyment of life will come from. If you follow your heart, everything else will flow from that.”
Being married to Everton manager Frank, 44, means football is ever-present in the family home. There are lots of little balls in our kitchen banging against my white walls, it’s bothering me.
“But saying that, if football was the path they wanted to take, I know dad is a good person to lead them. I’ll be on the sidelines like I do with him.
“But honestly, I don’t care what they do as long as they’re having fun from day one.”
Reflecting on her own career, which began when she interned in a television studio on her 17th birthday, Christine says, “I never use the word ‘work’ because what I do is an absolute blessing. .
“After all these years in the same industry, I love what I do. I’m very grateful.”
Christine is looking forward to receiving the Who Cares Wins awards in September and will most certainly be wearing her waterproof mascara.
“Everything makes me want to cry,” she admits. “I can’t wait, though. The last time I went to the awards, the talks I had in the bathroom with the family members of those involved were adorable.
“It’s such a great night for the people who deserve it, and it matters now more than ever.”
A sincere thank you
The NHS celebrated its 74th birthday this week with a Big Tea fundraiser for its dedicated staff and volunteers.
NHS Chief Executive Amanda Pritchard joined the celebrations at a new staff lounge at Charing Cross Hospital in London, which was funded by funds raised for Who Cares Wins NHS Charities Together partners, including including Sun’s kind-hearted readers.
Amanda said: “NHS Big Tea is our chance to say a big heartfelt thank you and support the amazing NHS charities across the UK who play such an important role.”