New mum Christine Lampard warns she will be a tearful, emotional mess at the Daily Mirror’s Pride Of Britain Awards.
And although she juggles TV work with motherhood after the birth of Patricia last September, Christine was never going to turn down another chance to be on the awards panel.
Christine, who also helped judge in 2010 and 2011, says: “It is part of your diary every year and the awards are so life-affirming.
“You do sit back and go, ‘For all the badness and awful stuff that we now constantly hear in the news, there are still really good people out there that are going to work every day, and then find themselves in extraordinary situations’.
“And the winners are just selfless. And you just have moments thinking, ‘Oh, this is a really good reminder of how it should be’.”
Christine joined the likes of GMB’s Susanna Reid on the panel to debate potential winners from a host of stories of courageous acts and selfless work.
“I take being an ambassador very seriously because of course it means a great deal to those who win in the end.
“So I read everything about the nominees. And every time you read one you think, ‘Well it doesn’t get any better than that. That’s extraordinary.’
“You flip the page and then suddenly there’s a whole other story that you think, ‘Well that’s amazing as well’.
“The final selection process was very hard as everyone was a worthy winner in reality.”
And Christine thinks that becoming a mum to Patricia may make it harder than ever to hold back tears at the Pride Of Britain Awards, in partnership with TSB, on Monday night.
“I definitely think I’m much more emotional. I cry more easily without a doubt.
"And I’m not a cry baby at all, but like I’ll cry at ads now. RSPCA ads, they get me anyway. And now, everything having to do with children, I mean, I’m a mess.
“I cry every year at it, so there’ll maybe be a bit more again this year.”
Christine was always very relaxed about whether she was going to become a mother.
But chatting over coffee in West London as talk turns to the 40-year-old’s life away from the cameras, she admits becoming a mum has turned things upside down and completed her family.
The TV host and wife of Chelsea manager Frank was already a loving stepmum to his two other daughters Luna, 14, and Isla, 12, but now she really has her hands full.
Speaking about how new addition Patricia has changed her life, she says: “We were already really happy but I suppose it does complete things. I mean, goodness me, I still look at her now, a year old, and I honestly can’t quite believe she’s mine.
"And now that she’s developing into being a little toddler, she is not a baby any more. She is sort of saying Mummy and Daddy a bit. And she’s pointing at what she wants. And suddenly you think ‘She’s getting life now. She’s understanding things.’
“And other times you think, ‘Oh gosh. Well what did we do before her?’ Or ‘What did I do with my time beforehand?’ I actually don’t know, because now I am utterly consumed by her.”
Pride Of Britain is also a very important event for her as she and Frank first met at the Daily Mirror awards a decade ago, getting together weeks later and then marrying in 2015.
“Going to Pride of Britain does have a nice feeling for us,” she says looking back.
“It was a complete sliding doors moment, I still remember the first meeting as clear as day. Who goes to an awards ceremony and finds a husband? That was me!
“Neither of us were even meant to go and I was late after hosting The One Show. So when we are there now we do have a celebratory glass of champagne. It’s a special evening for us.”
Having spent time with the couple over the years, it is clear Christine and Frank, 41, bond over a shared sense of humour and work hard but also enjoy family time to themselves.
They swerved a big first birthday bash for Patricia, known as Patsy in the family, in favour a small gathering at home and a tea party.
I am shown cute pics of Patsy in a birthday hat.
Patsy certainly won’t ever feel lonely growing up - Luna and Isla are already being protective older sisters, Christine says.
So how is Frank juggling being Chelsea manager and father to a baby?
“It’s an extraordinary job” says Christine. “There is much more to it, I think, than anyone realises. But he’s very, very much thrown himself into it.
“I wouldn’t say he has changed loads of nappies. But he has stepped in and she adores him. The second Daddy walks in the door, her eyes just light up. She’s getting a curl in her hair like me but she looks more like a mini Frank.”
Christine says the key to her relationship with Frank is “understanding and patience”.
She went on: "In terms of jobs, I understand, hopefully, what comes with his and he gets mine. More than anything, we have a good laugh.
“We still think it’s really important to try and get a night where it’s just him and me going out for a bit. I’m not talking fancy stuff, just a pizza or a drink, it never is fancy stuff for us. It is just basic, simple things. We actually have a conversation and I think that’s really important.”
Frank’s football career after Chelsea took him away from West London for a few years but Christine embraced the travel.
She said: “We’ve been to Manchester, New York, Derby, back and forth to Belfast to see my family. So yeah, it’s been a lovely, lovely decade.
“It’s almost like you don’t remember anything before it really.”
And while life is so good, Christine also thinks becoming a mum has made her think of her own mortality more.
She says: “You suddenly start thinking, ‘Oh, I’ve got to look after myself a bit better for you, not for me.’ It’s a weird thing. You start thinking, ‘I want to be here for as long as I can’. I want to make sure that she’ll always be okay.”