ITV This Morning host Alison Hammond supported as she makes emotional tribute

By Jessica Sansome

Alison Hammond has been flooded with support from her celebrity pals and fans as she made an emotional tribute.

The This Morning host took to Instagram on Thursday to mark the second anniversary of her mum's death.

Maria died in January 2020 from liver and lung cancer.

Alison shared the heartbreaking news on Instagram on Valentine's Day the same year after laying her mum to rest in "a beautiful ceremony she would have been proud of."

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Maria's death was then followed by the loss of Alison's father, Clifford Hammond, in Jamaica four months later in June 2020.

Taking to Instagram on the anniversary of her mum's death, Alison shared a throwback photo of her mum.

The 46-year-old wrote alongside the beautiful photo: "Mummy Two years today you left me and the pain has never left my heart.

"I love and Miss you sooo much. I hear and feel you all the time. My Angel Maria."

Friend and co-star Holly Willoughby was among those rushing to send Alison their love.

She wrote: "Ah Alison… sending huge love to you," with an added heart emoji.

Gemma Atkinson shared a similar message, writing: "Ahh Alison.. sending lots of love."

Friend and former Big Brother co-star Kate Lawler added: "What a beautiful picture of your Mumma. She will be so proud of all you have accomplished since she passed darling."

This Morning chef Clodagh Mckenna added: "Sending lots of love."

In May last year, Alison admitted that landing the main host gig on This Morning was "bittersweet" after losing her mum.

She landed her biggest gig to date at the start of 2021 when she was revealed as the new main host of Friday This Morning alongside Dermot O'Leary.

The TV star, who first appeared on screens as a contestant in Big Brother back in 2002, had been a part of the show for many years, interviewing celebrities and being sent anywhere and everywhere to film segments for the ITV hit.

"This Morning was always a staple in our family home growing up," the mum-of-one told the Mirror.

"It's so bittersweet to know that this has happened and she’s not here to see.

Alison and Dermot starting co-hosting This Morning in January 2021 (ITV)

"Having said that, I do still feel her presence. It feels like my mum is still looking out for me in a strange way."

Alison said her mum was her "number one fan" and knows she is living the dream for them both.

“When I was younger she’d be the one getting out all the old video tapes showing everyone," she said.

"She was totally my number one fan and was always mega proud of me. In a way I’m living my mum’s dream."

On February 14, 2020, Alison announced in a heartfelt post online that her mum had died.

She said: "Today I dedicate Valentine’s Day to my beautiful , wonderful Mother Maria who passed away from liver and lung cancer.

"Yesterday my family and I celebrated her amazing life and laid her to rest in a beautiful ceremony she would have been proud of.

"Thank you mummy for giving me the strength to move forward in the knowledge that your ok and with God in Heaven now. I will always remember you and try and make you proud. I love you mum."

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