Holly Willoughby shares heartfelt tribute to her oldest friend as she opens up on dyslexia struggle

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Holly Willoughby has shared a heartfelt tribute to one of her oldest friends Hannah Peckham following the launch of her children’s book.

This Morning star Holly, 39, shared her pride over her 40 year old author friend Hannah’s achievement and said the pair had “been through a lot” including struggles with their dyslexia.

Holly, who recently was left red faced after her and Phillip Schofield’s four poster bed chat was caught on camera, posted a snap of her cuddling up with her son Chester with Hannah’s book, titled Conker the Chameleon.

She then shared her pride over Hannah’s story, which encourages children to ask for help, and gushed over their friendship in the caption.

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Blonde beauty Holly wrote: “Today is a very important day for one of my oldest friends @h.j.peckham … we met on our first day of school and eventually moved into our first flat in London together… we’ve been through a lot!”

Holly also opened up on her own learning difficulties as she said: “Probably something that bonded us hugely was the fact we are both dyslexic… that’s why this post is even more special and actually writing this I feel very emotional…

“if I could go back and tell my school friend that on the 2nd of February 2021 to mark the begin of #childrensmentalhealthweek she would publish her 1st book, I’m not sure she’d believe it possible…”

She continued: “you did it Hannah… so so proud of you… it’s a beautiful and important book.


“One that helps open the conversation with your little ones about how to talk about their emotions… we all need that right?”

Holly’s post received more than 82,000 fans while Holly’s friend Hannah commented to reveal she became emotional as she read Holly’s post.

Hannah wrote: “Aw Holly that made me cry thank you so so much for your support my darling x … your school day secrets are safe with me for… for another week xxx”.

Fans also commented to praise Holly for being so open about her dyslexia.

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One wrote: “Holly I’m so please you talk about being Dyslexic my son is and I had so many Obstacles to jump to get him an education because they wouldn’t expect it , I think it really needs a voice to help children understand that they are not stupid” followed by a kissing emoji.

As another said: “I didn't know u was dyslexic, wow what an inspiration both of u. It has set me back so much in my life because I feel stupid. Well done ladies, perhaps I will get the confidence to follow my dreams on day” followed by a praying emoji.

And a third added: “Sounds like quite the journey. And an important one at that. Well done to your friend and what a great friend you are.”

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