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'I take my lead from mum': Carol Vorderman on life after loss & her next great adventure

Carol Vorderman has vowed to carry out plans to fly solo around the world.

The TV presenter postponed the attempt after finding out her mother had terminal cancer.

Edwina, who was also known as Jean, passed away at the age of 88 last month.

A younger Carol with her mum Edwina, who is also known as Jean. Credit: PA
The TV presenter planned to complete a solo flight around the world as part of a new television show. Credit: Channel 5

But now, Carol Vorderman is determined to resume her attempt to become the 9th woman in history to complete a solo flight around the world.

She's raising money for the Air Cadets and the NASA Challenger Centres.

I always wanted to be a fighter pilot, but back in the 70s, they wouldn't accept women as flyers in the Royal Airforce.

Three and a half years ago, I found an instructress, and I bought a twin engine plane, and I'm very happy.

– Carol Vorderman

The interview comes as nominations open for this year's Pride of Britain Awards - the search is on this summer to find an inspirational fund raiser.

Ms Vorderman will host the award ceremony - one of the must-see TV events of the year - alongside a whole host of famous guests.

We asked her what makes Pride of Britain so special.

We've had quite a few winners from the South West, because we are marvellous!

– Carol Vorderman

Last year the winner came from the West Country, "marathon man" Ben Smith, who completed 401 marathons in 401 days.

The presenter from Bristol might be set on global navigation, but will look forward to coming home to the "wonderful West Country".