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My refuge, Kirsty Gallacher, 45, in the bedroom of her Ascot barn

My Refuge, Kirsty Gallacher: The GB News breakfast host, sports presenter and podcaster, 45, in the bedroom of her Ascot barn

  • Kirsty Gallacher Shares Important Items In Her Ascot Barn Bedroom
  • Host, 45, cherishes a photo of her sons taken in Windsor Great Park in 2012
  • Also cherishes rose quartz crystals given to her by a moon mentor


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Kirsty Gallacher, 45, (pictured) shared items of personal significance in the bedroom of her Ascot barn

Kirsty Gallacher, 45, (pictured) shared items of personal significance in the bedroom of her Ascot barn

1. PRIDE AND JOY

We moved here in November 2019, just before the start of the pandemic, and I love the property almost as much as my sons do. Being in the countryside during lockdown was heaven sent and my bedroom, overlooking nature, is my refuge.

This photo of my boys was taken around 2012 when Oscar was five and Jude two in Windsor Great Park. They used to like to play in that hollow tree and this photo brings back fond memories.

2. BEST FRIENDS

We have a tortoiseshell and a British bulldog named Betsy and then we have our French bulldog Bertie, in my bed, the weirdest dog I’ve ever met, but he makes me laugh all day. He is obsessed with Pavarotti and sings along with Nessun Dorma and he is hilarious.

Its color is what is called a tiger current. He’s such a character and his personality is actually more like a cat – he likes to sit and stare at me.

3. HAPPY DAYS

One of my old school friends gave this drawing to my ex-husband Paul and me, it’s of a very special house that belongs to my family, in Arcos de la Frontera, the village where we got married, south of Seville. We’re divorced, but it’s still the best day of my life. It is a very raw, typical white Moorish Spanish town near the mountains of Grazalema.

Kirsty is proud of this medal (pictured) she received for participating in the London Marathon in 2019

Kirsty is proud of this medal (pictured) she received for participating in the London Marathon in 2019

Kirsty is proud of this medal (pictured) she received for participating in the London Marathon in 2019

4. MY LITTLE DANCER

I hate clutter and ornaments, but this one was left to me about ten years ago by my grandmother, Peg, my mother’s mother, with whom I was very close. I am a very girly girl and it is a very beautiful ballerina jewelry.

If it broke I would be devastated because it reminds me of the strong bond we shared. Peg was a very loving, gentle, wise, caring woman, and when my mother was away with my father Bernard at golf tournaments, she often came to take care of my sister Laura, brother Jamie and me – almost feeling like a second mother.

5. BY BRAND

My sister Laura and her husband Russell Brand have opened my eyes to spirituality and have been a catalyst for my interest in the healing power of crystals and lunar cycles. I got these rose quartz crystals from a lunar mentor who happens to have almost the same name as me – Kirsty Gallagher.

Russell recommended her. People may think I’m a moon tic, but I don’t cry when it’s a full moon. I started following Kirsty on Instagram and what she says really resonates. The crystals are about warmth, inner healing and friendship.

6. RUN TO GLORY, IF ANY

I had always wanted to do the London Marathon and finally did it in 2019, although I almost quit due to a leg injury. I was on track to finish in 4 hours 20 minutes when I flipped my heel and the pain shot through my knee, so I had to sit with physio for half an hour.

An official told me not to continue, but I’m super competitive, so I said, ‘Are you kidding?’ and finished in about 5 hours and 30 minutes, so I’m very proud of this medal. I compare it to childbirth.

You know the outcome and if someone asks you right after if you would do it again, you say, “No way,” and a few weeks later you say, “Actually, I want to do it again.”

As told to Nick McGrath. Stripped Back Sport, in which Kirsty interviews sports stars, is a worldwide podcast with episodes released every Monday.

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