Dame Esther Rantzen has been recognised for her tremendous charity work by being awarded Tesco Celebrity Mum of the Year for 2015.
Esther will be presented with her award at a star-studded ceremony, at London’s iconic hotel, The Savoy, on Sunday 1st March. Marking its 10th anniversary year, the Awards celebrate ordinary mums who do extraordinary things for others.
Esther has had a golden year, and she can now add her Celebrity Tesco Mum of the Year award to the Damehood she picked up in the New Year’s Honours List. Both awards recognise her fantastic work to help improve the lives of children and older people.
Esther, a mother of three and grandmother of one, founded child protection charity ChildLine, which has now been replicated in 150 countries worldwide. In 2013, Esther launched a new initiative called The Silver Line, the only 24-hour, free, confidential helpline providing information, friendship and advice to older people. Esther was inspired to start the charity by her feelings of loneliness after her husband, Desmond Wilcox, passed away in 2000. In its first year, the helpline received more than 300,000 calls.
Commenting on her win Esther said, “Being chosen as Celebrity Tesco Mum of the Year winner is a real honour. And I am so proud of our ChildLine and Silver Line teams who are transforming the lives of children and older people, many of whom are isolated and vulnerable. I love the fact that although I am a besotted grandmother, Tesco also recognises that I am a devoted mother, too! I am thrilled to have been recognised alongside the other Tesco Mum of the Year winners, who are just incredible and a real inspiration to women everywhere.”
Dame Esther will be joined on stage, at the ceremony, by seven other Tesco Mum of the Year winners. All of them have been recognised for their individual efforts in helping others through their charity work.
Debbie Chernin, Tesco Mum of the Year Manager, said: “It is a privilege to be able to recognise the achievements of such an amazing charity founder, campaigner and now Dame. Her drive and determination in setting up two of the most influential and significant charities of our time, ChildLine and The Silver Line, is just incredible.”
For more information on the Tesco Mum of the Year Awards 2015, please visit tes.co/10years. Keep up to date with all the news on the awards on Twitter with the #MumoftheYear