Denise helped me through my darkest days

In 2010, Jo Maidment appeared on This Morning to discuss how the NHS had refused to fund her fertility treatment. Incredibly, an anonymous viewer was moved enough to pay for a round of IVF for Jo, but tragically the treatment ended in a miscarriage. In Jo's darkest hour, Denise rang her and they cried together over her devastating loss.

Miraculously, one of the frozen embryos from the IVF eventually led to a successful pregnancy, and Baby Betsey was born! At six weeks old, Betsey was introduced to the TM family on the sofa and through her tears Denise called her a This Morning miracle baby.

Over the years, Denise kept in touch with Jo, who joins us today to share her memories of a very special lady.

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We pay tribute to our wonderful Denise

Today, friends and colleagues of our beloved Denise Robertson MBE paid tribute in a specially dedicated programme after our agony aunt lost her short battle with cancer, aged 83, yesterday.

Eamonn, Ruth, Holly and Phillip joined Richard Madeley, Judy Finnigan, Fern Britton and the rest of the TM family to remember one of the longest-serving members of the TM family and one of Britain’s most loved agony aunts.

Some sad news about Denise

Such sad news - our friend and colleague Denise Robertson has lost her short but determined battle against cancer.

Denise's family shared the following statement with us.

"It is with the deepest possible sorrow that we announce the passing of a very great lady.

Our dearest Denise Robertson lost her short battle with cancer at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London.

We send our gratitude to the many thousands of people who have sent messages of love, support and prayers during these difficult weeks, these sustained and delighted her immeasurably. The care Denise received from Professor Cunningham, Dr Tait and all the staff at the hospital was above and beyond anything we could have hoped for.

The world has lost an extraordinary woman. We know that her ITV family, the This Morning viewers and the numbers of people she has helped and causes she has championed during her 83 years, will be grieving with us at this intensely painful time."

Friday's show is a tribute to our Denise.