Meet our newest Patron, Rochelle Humes
To coincide with International Women’s Day, mothers2mothers (m2m) is delighted to unveil our newest patron – Rochelle Humes! A well-known TV personality in the UK, Rochelle has supported m2m ever since her visit to m2m’s programme in Kisumu, Kenya in 2016 during a trip with Sport Relief, a biennial charity event from Comic Relief.
There, she was shown around by Mentor Mother Dorcus and met mothers Elsa, Kazia, Mary and their babies who told them about the challenges of living with HIV but also about the support they received thanks to m2m Mentor Mothers.
In her travel blog following the trip, Rochelle recounted: “It was incredible to hear first-hand how invaluable this service is. Dorcus explained to us that many women still do not know about the risks of passing HIV to their unborn babies and that there is still so much stigma around it. The shame is so bad that some women won’t even get tested, unwittingly passing it on to their unborn children. mothers2mothers helps to remove this stigma and provide counselling and support to mothers through their HIV test and results, if it does turn out that they have passed on the virus.”
As a mother of two little girls, Alaia-Mai, 4, and Valentina, 1, Rochelle was deeply moved by what she saw and was keen to get involved and lend her support.
Reflecting on her new role, Rochelle said: “I am so honoured to join m2m as a Patron, having seen their invaluable work first-hand in Kenya in 2016. There, HIV-positive mothers told me about the anxious wait of finding out if their child was HIV-free but also about the hope and support they were given by m2m. Mentor Mothers, like the lovely Dorcus whom I met, have walked in their shoes and stand shoulder to shoulder with them by sharing knowledge and experience. As a mum of two little girls, my priority is that they grow into healthy teenagers. I’m excited to represent these inspiring women who help other mothers make this hope a reality.”
Now a TV and radio host, Rochelle Humes is a self-proclaimed “professional multitasker”. She is best known for being part of one of the UK’s top girl bands The Saturdays, which scored over twenty top 10 singles, although her singing career started in 2001 in kids’ band S Club Juniors.
Rochelle has now turned her hand to presenting, having co-presented shows such as the BBC’s Children in Need, This Morning and The Xtra Factor. Since 2015, she has fronted the highly popular Ninja Warrior UK, and as of 2018, presents Saturday early evenings on Heart Radio. She has also launched her own Very clothing range and is, most importantly, full-time Mum to Alaia-Mai and Valentina.
mothers2mothers is delighted to have Rochelle on board and look forward to her support in our quest to create a world where every baby is born HIV-free and where every child can grow up with a bright future!
To find out more about Rochelle, follow her on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter: @rochellehumes!
To see the work that Rochelle visited in Kenya for Sport Relief, take a look at the video below!