Zoe Ball says she is 'getting stronger' amid grief of partner's death

From BBC - March 13, 2018

Zoe Ball says she is "getting stronger" after the death of her partner Billy Yates, who took his own life last year.

The BBC Radio 2 presenter has just cycled 350 miles over five days to raise awareness of mental illness.

"I am a tough old cookie," she said. "My family have been through a lot.

"There are moments when you least expect it when grief catches you. But the main thing is I have found people who have been through this and are doing better. They have found some hope."

She added: "That's the biggest thing for me, that there is hope. Otherwise what are we doing this for?"

Ball was inspired to take on the cycling challenge following the death of Yates, a cameraman, last May.

She completed her long-distance journey on Friday, raising 500,000 for Sport Relief.

The 47-year-old told the Radio Times she has moments "when I ca not believe any of this happened".

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