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Bexleyheath mum in bid to win her 'perfect world' - her own home in the borough

PUBLISHED: 16:03 30 August 2016 | UPDATED: 15:34 31 August 2016

Deborah Hodge and her family

Deborah Hodge and her family

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She is through to the final stages of a contest to appear on reality TV

Mum-of-four Deborah HodgeMum-of-four Deborah Hodge

A Bexleyheath mum-of-four is through to the final stages of a competition to win her ‘perfect world’ - owning her own home in the borough.

If she gets enough votes in the next round, Deborah Hodge, 43, will travel to an exotic locale - rumoured to be Richard Branson’s Necker Island - to compete against nine other contestants in a bid to win her own perfect world.

And the location is particularly significant, as Miss Hodge ‘married’ a cardboard cut-out of the multimillionaire Virgin owner this year.

The reality TV competition will allow people to make their dreams a reality, with the aim of finding out if it will make them happy.

But rather than living a champagne lifestyle in a far-flung corner of the globe, Miss Hodge insists she would be happy to stay put in Bexley.

“We moved to London in 2014,” she said. “I was a teacher for a long time and went through about three years of bad domestic violence.

“I moved back from Guildford in the middle of a housing crisis and was threatened with eviction, and my baby started to get ill.

“The money would go to Norman, our house. We rent Norman at the moment. We absolutely love him, and we love the area. This is where we want to live.

“In March, I stood for London mayor, because the housing situation is bonkers. It has got to stop.”

Miss Hodge, who has previously taught at Swanley Technology College, Bexley Grammar and other schools in the London area, said the prize would definitely make her happy.

“I am very happy now, even though our future is uncertain,” she said. “We would be given the relief of pressure from having money. I just want a home for all of us.”

Her relationship with Mr Branson started when her daughter became ill and she applied for a loan to help with medical costs - but she does not plan on taking the cutout with her to Necker Island.

“I would probably just take a t-shirt of him,” she admitted.

You can vote for Miss Hodge by going to the Perfect World Project’s Facebook page at https://poll.fbapp.io/stage-four-online-vote-1320038

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