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Relatively Speaking with sisters Victoria and Sarahanne

We ask personalities about the special family relationships in their lives

By Karen Ireland

Since bringing the award-winning Temple Spa beauty and skincare range to Northern Ireland a decade ago, busy mum Victoria Gordon is now in charge of 70 employees. She also shares a passion for music with her sister, mother-of-four Sarahanne Hughes. They both live in Ballynure, Co Antrim

First and foremost, I am a mum to Koen (9), Anna (7), Taleya (5) and Charis (2).

Any spare time I have, which is very little, I work on my music. I am currently writing an album - I've recorded four live albums to date but this would be a more intimate, studio-recorded album.

I have a real compassion for the broken-hearted, and God has placed a lot of things in my heart which I want to share with people through my music.

Being a single mum with four young kids isn't easy and this last year has been particularly difficult but Victoria has always been there for me with a hug and a huge smile.

She is always there for me, whether I need practical or emotional support. We see each other every day and we take the kids on play dates to toddlers groups or Funky Monkeys.

One of the things I love about Victoria is her sense of fun. You will always get a giggle with her. One minute you could be crying tears of sadness and the next she will have you laughing tears of joy.

Victoria has a real giving heart and she goes above and beyond what is expected of her. She is very generous and so funny.

We joke in the family that she should have been a stand-up comedian.

She is just what I need at the minute as she keeps me going. Sometimes we get girlie time together, when it is just the two of us, and we will go for a walk or out for something to eat.

Mostly, though, it is us and all the kids, but they play well together, which is great.

The one thing that does drive me mad about Victoria, though, is that she is so indecisive.

She will make up her mind about something and then change it again seconds later. It cracks me up!

But she is a fantastic person. She is a great mum and a wonderful sister and friend.

I could - and do - tell her everything.

Sarahanne's albums, recorded as Sarahanne Wilmount, are available in Faith Mission Bookshops or iTunes

Name: Sarahanne Hughes

Age: 33

Occupation: Full-time mum and musician

Relationship to Victoria Gordon: Sister


I like to think I am lucky because I get the best of both worlds, as I am a mum to Hayley (2) and I get to work full-time at a job I love. I discovered Temple Spa products more than 10 years ago after a friend bought me some. I found out more about the company and went on a journey to bring the range to Northern Ireland.

I am now in charge of 70 representatives and the range is growing all the time. I love what I do as they are a great company to work for. The products do what they say they are going to do, and Temple Spa is a very ethical brand which has compassionate ministries with women's charities and organisations going on alongside the work they do. I also love the way the brand empowers women to have a career.

I am able to balance my job with motherhood thanks to the support of my husband Ric.He looks after Hayley at night while I go out to classes - we are trying to get away from the idea of having "parties" for the brand, as it is more of a masterclass in what it can do for your skincare regime.

It was really important to Ric and I that I was able to be with Hayley during the day and bring her up, so this job allows me to do that.

Sarahanne and I have always been there for each other. We are from a very close family and have an older sister, Caroline (39), who lives in the US, and a younger brother, Paul (30). Our parents, Victor and Mildred, are retired teachers and we see a lot of them. We all go to the same church and faith is a huge part of our family.

Sarahanne and I have grown even closer in the past year, as she has been going through some difficult times. We have really been there for each other - we see each other every day, as she lives just down the road.

I admire Sarahanne for her strength and courage. She has a real heart for people and regardless of what she is going through she still thinks of others. She is sensitive and strong and I really admire that. She is on her own with four young children and is doing an amazing job. Her kids all dote on Hayley, which is great as she always has someone to play with. Her older children like to come and help me with work, too, sticking labels on packages, and they have a lot of fun.

I don't know how I would get through things without Sarahanne, as she gives me a real strength.

Name: Victoria Gordon

Age: 36

Occupation: NI Manager of Temple Spa skincare range

Relationship to Sarahanne Hughes: Sister


High-end beauty in the home

  • Temple Spa is described as a total lifestyle brand that seeks to fuse product, philosophy and spa, offering professional-standard skin care and body care, aromatherapy and spa treatments
  • Products are available in high-end stores such as Harrods and Selfridges, premium spas, Harley Street clinics, first class airlines and boutique and five-star hotels. The company also has trained independent consultants, who go into homes and teach skincare and spa classes
  • For details on the company and its products, visit or call Victoria on 07732878959

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