Bad Girls star makes hospice gesture
BAD GIRLS actress Helen Fraser made good yesterday when she visited a children's hospice to hand over a donation of £8,000.The Suffolk-based star, who plays prison officer 'Body Bag' in the ITV show, won the money on a Cops and Robbers celebrity edition of Who Wants to be a Millionaire last month.
BAD GIRLS actress Helen Fraser made good yesterday when she visited a children's hospice to hand over a donation of £8,000.
The Suffolk-based star, who plays prison officer 'Body Bag' in the ITV show, won the money on a Cops and Robbers celebrity edition of Who Wants to be a Millionaire last month.
Mrs Fraser teamed up with actor Mark Wingett, who plays Jim Carver in The Bill, for the quiz and together the duo reached the £16,000 stage, which meant their chosen charities each received £8,000.
Mrs Fraser nominated Ipswich Children's Hospice, on Walker Close, to benefit from her share, one of three centres in the region run by East Anglia's Children's Hospices (EACH).
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"I am absolutely delighted to give the money to the hospice. It is a very worthwhile cause and one that I am very proud to be associated with," the Wickham Skeith resident said.
"The staff here do such important work, caring for sick children and offering much needed support for their families. They are like angels.
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"By appearing on the show I thought I could boost the profile of the hospice so that more people are aware of the tremendous work that they do."
However it was not all plain sailing for the actress and she admits to feeling scared stiff when she climbed into the hot seat.
"It was terrifying. I said to my husband that I would rather perform in front of an audience at the Royal Albert Hall than have to face the questions," she added.
"You're so exposed out there in the middle. Under the lights and with the music it was quite intimidating."
Mrs Fraser has been a long-time supporter of the hospice, which cares for children with a terminal illness and offers advice and guidance to their families.
The Walker Close centre currently looks after 75 families and needs to raise around £4.5million a year in order to keep on providing much needed support.
Sheila Gauld, manager of the centre, said: "We were all rooting for Helen on the programme and I think my heart was beating just as fast as hers.
"We really would like to say a big thank-you for the donation and will put the money to good use to care for the children who come here and their families."
Robin Sharp, EACH's community fundraiser, added: "We are so grateful to Helen for supporting the Ipswich Children's Hospice through her appearance on Millionaire.
"I know it was a nerve-wracking experience, but she gave a very good account of herself and just as important as the money she won is the invaluable national publicity she gained for the work of children's hospices."