Davina McCall: 'fundraising exploits left me in dark place'

Davina McCall: 'fundraising exploits left me in dark place'

Davina McCall: 'fundraising exploits left me in dark place'

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Sussex-based television presenter Davina McCall has described how her arduous fundraising exploits last month left her in a "very dark mental place".

The 46-year-old, who was the face of Channel 4's Big Brother coverage for a decade, suffered an emotional meltdown during her charity exploits for BT Sport Relief Challenge: Davina - Beyond Breaking Point.

The mother-of-three embarked on a week-long 500-mile run, cycle and swim from Edinburgh to London, raising more than £750,000 for good causes and shedding plenty of tears along the way.

At one point, television viewers saw McCall, who lives in East Sussex, being pulled out of the water as she completed a 1.5-mile swim across Lake Windermere.

In an interview with the Guardian's Weekend magazine, McCall said the sheer physical exertion resulted in her "sobbing my guts out".

She said: "It was like somebody had opened the floodgates and I let out every single bit of grief that I had.

"I kept crying every day... I think I was just so tired that I had no defences, and I was just sobbing at everything."

She added: "I'm normally a chipper person. If you're in a positive state of mind you can cope with pain and jolly yourself along, but I had moments when I went into a very dark mental place."

The former heroin addict admitted she doubted herself throughout the challenge, but persevered after seeing the work her charity ordeal would help fund at a Sport Relief project in Africa before setting off.

She also said the memory of her half-sister, Caroline, kept her going. Caroline died in 2012 after being diagnosed with cancer.

McCall, who also spoke frankly about her difficult relationship with her mother, said: "She (Caroline) was our other half, she was my husband's sister, and it was the hugest loss of my life. I felt like she was with me (on the challenge) a lot."

Sport Relief is due to take part next weekend. For more information or to donate, visit www.sportrelief.com.

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2:41pm Sun 16 Mar 14

getThisCoalitionOut says...

Well done Davina - I'm really impressed by what you have done and achieved. Thank you. Now get some well earned rest :)
Well done Davina - I'm really impressed by what you have done and achieved. Thank you. Now get some well earned rest :) getThisCoalitionOut
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3:41pm Sun 16 Mar 14

Farouche says...

Nobody cares what this ghastly creature does or does not feel.
Nobody cares what this ghastly creature does or does not feel. Farouche
  • Score: -10

8:25pm Sun 16 Mar 14

brightonaire says...

Why do it then?
The only thing that was in a dark place was the interviewer when he was caught in the shadow thrown by her massive cellulite-ridden buttocks
Why do it then? The only thing that was in a dark place was the interviewer when he was caught in the shadow thrown by her massive cellulite-ridden buttocks brightonaire
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9:23pm Sun 16 Mar 14

pwlr1966 says...

don't WE ALL DO WHATS BEST FOR ALL AROUND US? WHY DOES THIS MAKE HER ANY DIFFERENT TO ALL WHO HELP TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE?
don't WE ALL DO WHATS BEST FOR ALL AROUND US? WHY DOES THIS MAKE HER ANY DIFFERENT TO ALL WHO HELP TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE? pwlr1966
  • Score: -10

10:47pm Sun 16 Mar 14

monkeymoo? says...

brightonaire wrote:
Why do it then?
The only thing that was in a dark place was the interviewer when he was caught in the shadow thrown by her massive cellulite-ridden buttocks
lol Your right,her old dirtbox is like to dustbin lids clashing together
[quote][p][bold]brightonaire[/bold] wrote: Why do it then? The only thing that was in a dark place was the interviewer when he was caught in the shadow thrown by her massive cellulite-ridden buttocks[/p][/quote]lol Your right,her old dirtbox is like to dustbin lids clashing together monkeymoo?
  • Score: -2

10:48pm Sun 16 Mar 14

monkeymoo? says...

monkeymoo? wrote:
brightonaire wrote:
Why do it then?
The only thing that was in a dark place was the interviewer when he was caught in the shadow thrown by her massive cellulite-ridden buttocks
lol Your right,her old dirtbox is like to dustbin lids clashing together
*two*
[quote][p][bold]monkeymoo?[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]brightonaire[/bold] wrote: Why do it then? The only thing that was in a dark place was the interviewer when he was caught in the shadow thrown by her massive cellulite-ridden buttocks[/p][/quote]lol Your right,her old dirtbox is like to dustbin lids clashing together[/p][/quote]*two* monkeymoo?
  • Score: -1

11:30pm Sun 16 Mar 14

Ambo Guy says...

monkeymoo? wrote:
brightonaire wrote:
Why do it then?
The only thing that was in a dark place was the interviewer when he was caught in the shadow thrown by her massive cellulite-ridden buttocks
lol Your right,her old dirtbox is like to dustbin lids clashing together
Does monkeymoo (without the ? after the name) know you're trolling his name on here?

I doubt it somehow.
[quote][p][bold]monkeymoo?[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]brightonaire[/bold] wrote: Why do it then? The only thing that was in a dark place was the interviewer when he was caught in the shadow thrown by her massive cellulite-ridden buttocks[/p][/quote]lol Your right,her old dirtbox is like to dustbin lids clashing together[/p][/quote]Does monkeymoo (without the ? after the name) know you're trolling his name on here? I doubt it somehow. Ambo Guy
  • Score: -1

1:41pm Mon 17 Mar 14

ThinkBrighton says...

What this woman will do to get publicity, it almost makes you feel sorry for her, when in a dark place , switch the light on, the you can see to dial your publicity
agent!
What this woman will do to get publicity, it almost makes you feel sorry for her, when in a dark place , switch the light on, the you can see to dial your publicity agent! ThinkBrighton
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6:47pm Mon 17 Mar 14

Farouche says...

brightonaire wrote:
Why do it then?
The only thing that was in a dark place was the interviewer when he was caught in the shadow thrown by her massive cellulite-ridden buttocks
Now, that's funny!
[quote][p][bold]brightonaire[/bold] wrote: Why do it then? The only thing that was in a dark place was the interviewer when he was caught in the shadow thrown by her massive cellulite-ridden buttocks[/p][/quote]Now, that's funny! Farouche
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