TV presenter Carol Vorderman has revealed her mum has been diagnosed with terminal cancer. The former Countdown host shared the heartbreaking news with fans on Mother’s Day. Jean has battled three forms of cancer – kidney, skin and ovarian – in the past.

The Loose Women star, 56, wrote on Twitter: “A precious Mother’s Day x This wk Mum & I found out she has terminal cancer. She’s 88, beautiful inside and out & I love her beyond measure x Jean famously sent off Carol’s application for a job on new Channel 4 game show Countdown back in 1982.

The TV personality and her mum have today received an outpouring of support on social media as Carol’s fans rallied round her offering support.