Claudia Winkleman warns of dangers of fireworks and bonfires after daughter is rushed to hospital

"She is having the best care possible and we are hopeful of a full recovery," reads a statement from the family

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Strictly Come Dancing host Claudia Winkleman was absent from last Saturday’s live show, with co-host Tess Daly informing viewers “One of her children is unwell”. But a statement released today on behalf of Winkleman and her husband indicates the situation was more serious than first suggested. 

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“Our daughter was involved in an accident on Friday night while celebrating Halloween,” reads the statement. “She is having the best care possible and we are hopeful of a full recovery. We would like to thank everyone that has been so supportive and particularly the NHS doctors, nurses and staff who have been absolutely incredible.”

It appears Winkleman’s daughter, eight-year-old Matilda, had to be taken to hospital after being involved in a fire-related incident on Friday night.

The statement went on to urge caution during bonfire night festivities: “We would like to take this opportunity to remind anyone taking part in fireworks parties or Guy Fawkes celebrations to be vigilant about the dangers of candles, open fires and fireworks and to please have the appropriate safety measures in place and to hand.”

Winkleman joined Strictly Come Dancing full-time earlier this year after Sir Bruce Forsyth decided to retire from the show. It Takes Two host Zoe Ball stepped in to replace her this weekend. 

It is unknown whether Claudia Winkleman will return to the show this weekend.  

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Strictly Come Dancing continues on Saturday at 6:30pm on BBC1