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Celebrity Sidcup resident becomes patron of children's charity

PUBLISHED: 12:14 15 May 2014 | UPDATED: 12:14 15 May 2014

Cheryl Ferguson with patient Beryl Styles, at the chYps Friday fun club.

Cheryl Ferguson with patient Beryl Styles, at the chYps Friday fun club.

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A celebrity Sidcup resident has stepped up and has become a patron of a children's service.

Eastenders legend Cheryl Fergison, also known as Heather Trott, has pledged to support chYps, a children’s service run by EllenorLions Hospice, in Coldharbour Road, Northfleet.

Director of fundraising at EllenorLions Hospices, Rachel Holweger, said: “We are so grateful to have the support of Cheryl as our new Patron. She has 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.”

So far, she has 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: “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. Supporting a charity is very important to me but it means even more knowing that I am helping local families who really do rely on care from chYps.”

The star also opened the charity’s refurbished Crayford charity shop and walked shoulder-to-shoulder with supporters at last year’s Twilight Walk at Danson Park, Bexleyheath.

Cheryl added: “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.”

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