Sara spoke to today’s Loose Women panellists Linda Robson, Gloria Hunniford, Andrea McLean and Kaye Adams about the heartbreaking moment the eight-year-old was abducted on July 1, 2000, with her saying that she “couldn’t breathe, eat, or sleep” throughout the 17 days in which she was missing.
Reading an open letter to her little girl, Sara shared: “We have to remember there is always hope, and you are one of those hopes.”
She added: “She’s changed the world of child protection.
“What she’s done in her death I wish she’d have had the chance to have that in her life.”
Sara also admitted that “she fights every day not to be angry”.
She explained: “I remember saying to my father ‘why me?’ And he said ‘who else? Pick someone’.”
Throughout the emotional segment, viewers took to Twitter to praise brave Sara, with one person posting: [email protected] What a powerful interview on #LooseWomen today. You’re an absolutely amazing woman Sara Looking forward to reading your book.”
“Sara Payne is an amazing woman. I’m in absolute bits listening to her. #LooseWomen,” a second sobbed.
A third wrote: “I’ve always admired Sara Payne. What a wonderful woman she is. #Loosewomen.”
“Brave brave woman. I couldn’t imagine losing my son. Sara you break my heart #LooseWomen,” another added.
Yet another social networker praised: “Brave lady. Can’t imagine going through anything like she has with so much dignity. #loosewomen.”
“The strength and dignity of Sara Payne (mother of Sarah Payne) is incredible. #LooseWomen,” a different person continued.
Loose Women airs weekdays at 12.30pm on ITV.
Sara’s book, Letters To Sarah, is out now.