A Place In The Sun presenter Laura Hamilton opens up on fears for children: ‘It scares me’

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A Place In The Sun presenter, Laura Hamilton, 38, has spoken out on how her two children Rocco, six, and Tahlia, five, coped with recent social distancing measures that saw them remain home from school. Around the country students were made to stay in the confines of their household, and only recently have Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 returned to classrooms.

The hardest thing for them

Laura Hamilton

The TV star exclusively told Express.co.uk how she tried to “make the best of the situation” despite feeling slightly panicked about the circumstances.

She said: “I’m a glass half full person. I always try to be positive about a situation. Let’s make the best of it, we can’t change it, so let’s try and make the best of it.”

However, she opened up about feeling worried about her children being away from their friends and family.

“It scares me, but I want my children to be able to look back on this time and have happy memories. The hardest thing for them is not being able to hug their grandparents.”


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To help take her children’s mind off what they might be missing out on, Laura recruited them to help with her cafe business.

“We would go out at the weekend and do deliveries, and I would say to my little girl who is five, ‘We might not be saving lives in hospital, but look, we’re the superheroes of delivering stuff.'”

Laura purchased a former Post Office in South London and turned it into bustling deli/cafe Lord Roberts on The Green.

Since coronavirus forced many businesses to close, Laura saw an opportunity to make home deliveries to the local community.

The new system is mainly to help those who may be high-risk shielding or unable to get to their local supermarket.

Often while out on deliveries, it would result in her chatting with elderly residents.

Laura explained: “When we do deliveries, we stop and deliver their goods and they (customers) want to talk to you.

“You might be the only person they have seen in a week, we have definitely found that people reach out to us to get that human contact.”

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The COVID-19 outbreak saw people over the age of 70 or suffering from a long term health condition being told to self-isolate.

The updated advice from the government this week is that those groups of people will be allowed to stop shielding from August 1.

This time away from society will likely have had a profound effect on shielders’ mental health and wellbeing.

“We know how difficult this period has been and the impact shielding has had on many people’s mental health,” Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr Jenny Harries told the BBC.


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“We believe it is the right time to relax some of the advice so people can start to regain a degree of normality once more in their daily lives.”

Laura has been keeping extremely busy during the lockdown to ensure that she has been lending a helping hand to those who need it most.

“In lockdown, in the situation, we had to adapt pretty quickly. I was like, ‘We have to do something with it to help people if we have got access to suppliers for fruit and veg’… I said to my husband, ‘Right let’s use it.’

“So instead of closing down within 24 hours, we turned back into the village shop and started looking after loads of people in the community.”

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