Cheryl Fergison to sing her heart out for Kent and Bexley hospice
PUBLISHED: 09:34 21 June 2013 | UPDATED: 10:30 21 June 2013
Former Eastenders star Cheryl Fergison is taking part in a new television game show to raise funds for north Kent and Bexley children's hospice chYps.
The celebrity supporter will be appearing on Your Voice Sounds Familiar which comes to ITV on Saturdays from June 29 where she will be performing as different iconic singers before facing a public vote.
The celebrity supporter, who used to play Heather Trott in Eastenders, will join five other stars who will perform before a panel of judges, including Julian Clary and Emma Bunton.
Cheryl said: “I was very keen to support a charity which is close to home, both in location and from personal experiences. chYps is on my doorstep and my son wasn’t very well when he was born - over the years I had to deal with a lot with him.
“The chYps nurses and support staff are incredibly passionate and so driven to provide the best care for their young patients and their families. They ensure poorly children can be cared for at home, in a place of comfort, with their parents and siblings. I hope everyone votes for me so I can win some vital funds for this exceptional charity.”
The charity provides hospice care in the home for poorly children and will stand to make a significant amount of money if she wins. chYps needs to raise £1.47million every year to be able to provide vital hospice care to ill babies, children and young adults.
Director of fundraising Rachel Holweger called on people to tune in and vote.
She said: “We are dependant on the community to fund this vital care for very sick children and their families. To be the chosen charity is fantastic for our profile, helping to tell more and more people about what we do. We’re very excited about the programme and thank Cheryl enormously for her support - we now need her to win.”
In a unique twist, the celebrities will have no control over who they will perform as on each show.
Cheryl added that she would love to imitate Meat Loaf.
The first live show starts at 7.30pm and runs for six weeks.
Each week the celebrity who is top of the leader board wins £10,000 for their charity and £50,000 in the final for the winner.