Winkleman’s girl hurt at Halloween

Published: Tuesday 4th November 2014 by The News Editor

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Claudia Winkleman missed Strictly Come Dancing at the weekend after her eight-year-old daughter was involved in an accident while celebrating Halloween.

The presenter and her husband Kris Thykier released a statement following the accident, involving their daughter Matilda, who is still in hospital.

Winkleman was replaced by Zoe Ball when she pulled out of the BBC1 show, after it was announced that one of her children had “become ill”.

She and her husband have now said in a statement: “Our daughter was involved in an accident on Friday night while celebrating Halloween. She is having the best care possible and we are hopeful of a full recovery.

“We would like to thank everyone that has been so supportive and particularly the NHS doctors, nurses and staff who have been absolutely incredible.

“We would like to take this opportunity to remind anyone taking part in fireworks parties or Guy Fawkes celebrations to be vigilant about the dangers of candles, open fires and fireworks and to please have the appropriate safety measures in place and to hand.”

It is thought that Matilda was out trick-or-treating when the accident happened, and that she was burnt from a candle.

It is not yet known whether the TV host will be returning to Strictly at the weekend.

Winkleman and her film producer husband have three young children – Jake and Arthur as well as Matilda.

The presenter took over as regular host of Strictly, joining Tess Daly, after Sir Bruce Forsyth bowed out from the show.

A BBC spokeswoman said when Winkleman was absent at the weekend: “Claudia can’t be with us tonight.

“One of her children is unwell, we wish them a speedy recovery. Zoe Ball from It Takes Two will be stepping in to co-host with Tess.”

Published: Tuesday 4th November 2014 by The News Editor

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