Mike Tindall opens up about daughter Mia's return to school on Lorraine

Ciara McGinley
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Mike Tindall joined Lorraine Kelly on Good Morning Britain with Lorraine Kelly today (30 June) to talk about the incredible cycling challenge he has taken on to raise money for a charity very close to his heart and his family life in lockdown.

The ex-rugby player cycled 137km to raise money for The Cure Parkinson's Trust, and opened up about his dad's battle with Parkinson's.

"My dad’s had Parkinson’s for nearly 20 years now. To watch how it’s affected his life and how it’s changed him… if we can find a cure we can stop another son or daughter having to watch what I’ve had to watch with my dad, the guy who taught me everything I know about sport, competition," he told Lorraine.

"If we can make it so that no one has to watch their parent, their person they look up to go through it, it’s always worth getting on a bike and just (putting your) head down and pedalling," Mike said.

Mike also revealed his daughter Mia was delighted to return to school after being homeschooled for three months due to the coronavirus lockdown.

"You weigh it up, the school she’s at have done a fantastic job in how they’ve prepared. She was ready to go back, she was missing her friends and missing that interaction," he said.

He added: "I’ll always remember her face coming out the first day, she’d had a blast catching up with and seeing everyone. It was a bit of a no-brainer for us, in terms of not just her wellbeing and mental wellbeing, but for us, homeschooling... I think it was definitely needed."

Photo credit: Max Mumby/Indigo - Getty Images

As Mike approaches his nine-year wedding anniversary with wife Zara on 30 July, he said he was looking forward to their first date night together.

"Hopefully we’ll be able to do something, we’ll have to wait and see what we can do and what we’re allowed to do. It’s quite good with the restaurants opening, we might be able to get a date night in, so that will be nice," Mike revealed.

"You don’t normally ever plan a date night, you just can do it instantaneously. Now you have to plan, you’re planning a week in advance. It’s the biggest thing in the last three months of your life. I’m looking forward to it."

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