Friday 30 September 2016

I love the school run and the ironing, says 'fiercely normal' Dragons' Den star

Published 19/07/2016 | 00:06

Dragons' Den star and mother-of-four Sarah Willingham insists on doing the housework and the school runs
Dragons' Den star and mother-of-four Sarah Willingham insists on doing the housework and the school runs

Dragons' Den star Sarah Willingham has revealed she still does her own housework and insists on doing the school run.

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The entrepreneur - who developed restaurant chain The Bombay Bicycle Club and was co-founder of The London Cocktail Club - said she needed to "feel normal as much as I can".

The mother-of-four told Radio Times: "I need to do my own shopping, I need to do my own ironing.

"I need to feel normal as much as I can. And I am fiercely normal.

"Anybody who reads this will probably think I'm bonkers but I need to cook in my kitchen, I need to pick the kids up.

"Between me and Michael (her husband Michael Toxvaerd) we do all the school runs.

"I'd give it all up before I gave up that."

Willingham joined the BBC Two television show last season.

She has recently finished filming her second series alongside her fellow Dragons, Peter Jones, Deborah Meaden, Nick Jenkins and Touker Suleyman.

The 42-year-old, who joined the panel at the same time as Suleyman and Jenkins, said she felt more comfortable in the den this time around.

"Last year, people didn't know who we were so it was an uphill battle for all three of the newcomers," she said.

"This year I feel we got a fair shot at the good businesses and we won the ones we should have won.

"We had a good fair fight."

:: This week's Radio Times is on sale on Tuesday July 19.

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