Gogglebox star begs for ‘prayers’ amid ‘scary health news’ as fans support her

Gogglebox star Kate Bottley has asked fans for their “prayers” amid her mum Margaret’s hospital stint.

Social media users rushed to support the vicar on Twitter as she posted late on Sunday night (January 22): “Please pray for M #LordInYourMercy.”

Kate’s mum Margaret has been in hospital for several weeks after receiving some “scary health news” in 2021.

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However, she hasn’t yet confirmed that the tweet is about her mum.

An update earlier this month confirmed Margaret had been looked after by NHS staff for “three weeks”, with Kate explaining on January 17: “She’s due home tomorrow. It’s been tricky emotionally as well as physically.

“She has been cared for by some of the best humans, huge thanks to all @SheffieldHosp and #Solidarity.”

Kate first revealed that her mum was ill during a lengthy Twitter thread about a funeral she was overseeing, which reminded her of her mum’s own condition.

She explained: “Yesterday I did a funeral a lady, aged 98, she died in her sleep, in her own bed, she wasn’t particularly ill, just old, a golden death if you like.

“Me and the crem staff agreed we’d all take that when our time comes.

“Because of the virus her family weren’t able to be there, but technology means they were able to watch the service at home via web cam. But they sent hymns and music and some beautiful words. Her neighbours came. She was loved and remembered.

“It was, in many ways, a good death and a nice funeral. No tragedy, no chaos or suffering, she wasn’t too young and she had a good and full life. Not every funeral I do is like this, especially just now.”

But Kate went on: “No funerals are ‘easy’ but some are definitely tougher than others. When I get a tough funeral (suicide, a child, someone young, or a violent death) I prepare myself differently from other funerals. I make sure my diary is clear afterwards too.

“But this funeral didn’t need me to do that. So I had neglected to properly take in that the deceased shared the same name as my Mum. My Mum who just recently had some scary health news and is facing some scary treatment.

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“So when I got to the ‘We commend Margaret, Lord to your care.’ It unexpectedly got me, my throat caught a little and I ever so slightly wobbled.

“This isn’t a problem, of course, and I’m fine. No one minds a wobble. Only human eh? This is what it’s like sometimes this ministry. I don’t ever stop being me or being a daughter or a wife or a mum or anything that makes Kate, Kate.”

She went on: “Incidentally every time I phone my Mum and she asks what I’ve done today and I say ‘A funeral’ she says ‘Oh Love! I’m so sorry are you ok?’ And I say, ‘Mum, it’s been 12 years now, you get that this is my job?’ God love her.”

Now, Kate’s fans have rushed to support her, with one telling her: “Sending love and prayers.”

Another echoed: “Sending you all the love in the world,” as a third told Kate: “God be with you and M.”

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