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Celebrities pledge support to Northfleet hospice

PUBLISHED: 08:06 13 May 2014 | UPDATED: 08:06 13 May 2014

Property guru Phil Spencer has pledged his support to the hospice. Picture: PA/Tim Ireland.

Property guru Phil Spencer has pledged his support to the hospice. Picture: PA/Tim Ireland.

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Celebrities are starting to queue up to become patrons of a children's hospice.

Property guru Phil Spencer and Eastenders legend Cheryl Ferguson have pledged to support chYps, a children’t hospice run by EllenorLions Hospice, in Coldharbour Road, Northfleet.

Director of fundraising at EllenorLions, Rachel Holweger, said: “We are so grateful to have the support of Phil and Cheryl as our new patrons. They have done so much for us already but we are delighted and excited to know she is going to be a both a Patron, supporter and friend for the future.”

Phil Spencer has been heavily involved with the hospice for several years, from cycling 69 miles for chYps in 2013, to acting as the front man for the family Christmas Family at Tonbridge School Chapel, in High Street, Tonbridge.

He said: “I feel honoured, inspired and proud to be a Patron of chYps. The care this charity provides to very poorly children is absolutely vital and only ever able to continue with the help and support of the Kent community.”

Cheryl Ferguson, also known as Heather Trott from Eastenders, raised more than £20,000 for the children’s charity after she made appearances on celebrity specials of Who wants to be a millionaire, as well as Your face sounds familiar.

She said: ““I have been very fortunate to meet some of the families that chYps care for and the incredible staff that look after them. I often describe them as angels, because that’s what they truly are.

“My son was poorly when he was born and I can’t imagine anything worse for a parent when you see your child so ill.”

Now Phil, the Location Location Location star is encouraging people to join the “Get purple” week from June 13, by dressing up in purple to raise money for the charity, as part of Children’s Hospice Week.

Phil added: “Children’s Hospice Week is coming up in June and I am calling on everyone to wear purple for pounds in aid of chYps. Will you be joining me?”

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