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Charlie Webster on her malaria ordeal: ‘They told me I was dying. I was put in a coma but could still hear my mum'


Sport presenter Charlie joined us to talk about contracting malaria in Rio last year - and being told she was going to die.

Charlie had cycled through Brazil to the Olympic Games but became seriously ill during the opening ceremony.

'I knew something was wrong but I’m quite stubborn, so I ignored it as I was meant to be presenting on the Olympics,' Charlie explained. 'I was haemorrhaging. That’s how it started. Then I started not being able to breathe very well. I went back so I could see Team GB walk out - it was so important to me.'

But just three days later, Charlie went to a clinic and ended up in hospital, ‘They told me I was dying.'

Loose Women viewers bare all LIVE for our Body Stories campaign after battling eating disorders, amputation and anxiety


When we stripped off for our Body Stories campaign in April 2017, we were overwhelmed with viewers sharing their own body stories.

And a group of wonderful women from Yorkshire recreated our Body Stories picture bravely stripping off to their underwear for their own shoot. So we invited them to talk to Andrea, Katie, Linda and Saira about their personal reasons for taking part.

Reunited! Live & Kicking presenters Emma Forbes and Andi Peter enjoy a surprise reunion


When Emma joined us to talk about body confidence in her fifties, little did she know we were going to spring a surprise on her!

We invited her 1990s Live & Kicking co-presenter Andi to join her in the studio - and it was like we were younger again!

Watch the video to see Emma and Andi reminiscing about kids TV.

Emma Forbes and Andi Peters - together again!

Andrea McLean and Nadia Sawalha cry as they launch the Loose Women Lighten The Load Hero Award


We've talked openly about mental health issues since our Lighten The Load campaign launched in 2016.

And Andrea and Nadia were both overcome with emotion talking about their experiences again as we launched the Lighten The Load Hero Award which will be presented at the Mind Media Awards later this year.

'Sometimes just a kind word from someone can make a huge difference to your mental health,' Andrea said.

'I would like to nominate my hero. Basically this is someone that I work with here on Loose Women. Now you wouldn’t necessarily think that a work colleague is someone you open up to, when you come to work you put your work face on and you present your best possible self. You keep hidden something that might be bothering you – for me it was post-natal depression,' Andrea went on to explain as she got emotional.

'I was being so careful to make sure I came across as professional, don’t show any weakness, don’t cry in front of anybody, don’t crack, don’t break, keep going you can do this. And the one person who saw through all that was Donna. Donna is my friend and make-up artist here at Loose Women,' Andrea said before inviting Donna onto the show and sharing a hug.

'All she said was, "I think you need to get some help". It was just those little words that made me go to the doctors to get some medical help that I didn’t even realise that I needed.'

Andrea McLean thanked her friend Donna, Loose Women make-up artist, for being her Lighten The Load Hero

The Loose Women Lighten The Load Hero Award!

Loose Women Lighten The Load Hero Award


Loose Women and the mental health charity Mind have come together to launch a special award which will recognise the everyday heroes who support those of us living with mental health problems.

The Loose Women Lighten The Load Hero award will honour someone who has gone to extraordinary lengths to be there for a loved one, friend or colleague living a with a mental health problem.

It might be in recognition of a moment of inspirational kindness, starting the conversation which motivated someone to seek professional help or it could reward all the small things that they do to support a Loose Women viewer through their mental health problems.

So if YOU have experienced mental health issues and been helped and supported by someone you'd like to say a huge THANK YOU to this is your chance!

The award was inspired by Loose Women’s Lighten The Load campaign, which encourages viewers to talk and listen when experiencing mental health issues. Talking if you’ve been affected, or being there to listen to someone who is going through a period of stress.

The campaign was launched in 2016 and was instrumental in Loose Women winning a Mind Media Award last year. We now want to shine a spotlight on the people who are putting the principles of Loose Women’s Lighten The Load campaign into action every day.

The Lighten The Load Hero prize will be presented at this year’s Mind Media Awards at the ODEON Leicester Square London on Monday 13 November. The awards celebrate the best reporting and portrayals of mental health in print, broadcast, film and digital media as well as honouring people that are making a difference by speaking out about their mental health experiences.

The winner will also receive £500 and enjoy an overnight stay in London with the person who nominated them - with a guest each - to attend the awards. You MUST be available to attend the Mind Media Awards on 13 November 2017 and Loose Women at ITV on 14 November 2017.

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The National Council for Palliative Care
The National Council for Palliative Care (NCPC) is the umbrella charity for all those involved in palliative, end of life and hospice care in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. We believe that everyone approaching the end of life has the right to the highest quality care and support, wherever they live, and whatever their condition. We work with government, health and social care staff and people with personal experience to improve end of life care for all.

Dying Matters
Helpline: 08000 21 44 66
Many of us have specific wishes about how we’d like to die, or how long we want doctors to keep us alive, or what we’d like to happen after our death. There are a range of organisations that can help you plan the support and care you need towards the end of life, advise on writing wills and living wills, and provide advice on the emotional issues surrounding dying. Our members include organisations from across the NHS, voluntary and independent health and care sectors (including hospices, care homes, charities supporting old people, children and bereavement); social care and housing sectors; a wide range of faith organisations; community organisations; schools and colleges; academic bodies; trade unions; the legal profession and the funeral sector.

Care Not Killing
Care Not Killing is a UK-based alliance of individuals and organisations which brings together human rights groups, healthcare groups, palliative care groups and faith-based organisations with the aims of promoting more and better palliative care. Ensuring that existing laws against euthanasia and assisted suicide are not weakened or repealed during the lifetime of the current Parliament. Influencing the balance of public opinion further against any weakening of the law .

Dignity in Dying
Dignity in Dying is the leading campaigning organisation promoting patient choice at the end of life.