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Former Eastenders star Cheryl Fergison missed out on £50,000 jackpot for Bexley and north Kent charity

PUBLISHED: 14:30 05 August 2013

Cheryl Fergison as Dusty Springfield on the first show. Pic by ITV

Cheryl Fergison as Dusty Springfield on the first show. Pic by ITV

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Former Eastenders star Cheryl Fergison narrowly missed out on winning £50,000 for north Kent and Bexley charity chYps in a television game show.

The 47-year-old, from Sidcup, came second in the final of Your Face Sounds Familiar on Saturday (August 3), losing out to Emmerdale actress Natalie Anderson.

Earlier in the series she did win £10,000 for the children’s hospice for being the best performer on the first weekend as Dusty Springfield.

Cheryl said afterwards: “I’m naturally very disappointed not to have won the jackpot for chYps as I know how much the money is needed to help provide vital hospice care to very poorly children in my local area. I’ve met many of the nurses and young patients so have seen first-hand the wonderful work that they do.

“But I’m still very chuffed to have won chYps something and I’m glad that I could help raise the charity’s profile on a national level. It’s been an amazing experience and one I will never forget.”

For six weeks Cheryl entertained millions on the live ITV show as she took to the stage as Dusty Springfield, Anastasia, Meatloaf, Lulu, Madonna and Cher – selected by the show’s ‘randomiser’.

She proved popular with the show judges Julian Clary and Emma Bunton, and went down a storm in the first week with guest judge Donny Osmond.

In a positive twist, 15p of every public vote is also to be split among chYps and the five other celebrity charities.

Rachel Holweger, director of fundraising, said: “Our families, staff and volunteers have thoroughly enjoyed tuning in each week to see Cheryl strut her stuff on the stage. We are very lucky to have her support and are very proud of all she has achieved for us. £10,000 will still go a long way and we look forward to working on vital fundraising projects with her in the future.”

If you would like to follow in Cheryl’s footsteps by raising money for chYps, please contact fundraising manager Marion Smith on marion.smith@chyps.org or call 01322 221315.

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