Star’s support for fund a Shore thing

03 Jun Star’s support for fund a Shore thing

JUNGLE queen Vicky Pattison has swung into action and delivered a huge boost to our Go Bananas appeal.

The home-grown reality TV star is taking up the role of patron for The Chronicle Sunshine Fund charity’s month-long campaign.

Vicky says she is “thrilled” to become the new face of the June fundraising campaign and is only too happy to be supporting disabled local kids.

And the Geordie favourite is set to bring a big smile to the faces of the 10 children at the heart of the appeal who will have a chance to meet her in person.

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Geordie Duo Ant and Dec are also patrons and are delighted that Vicky has joined them.

They said: “We are really excited Vicky is joining us as patron of this great charity and supporting the amazing work that the Chronicle Sunshine Fund does here in the North East. Welcome aboard, Vicky!”

The I’m A Celebrity winner already knows more than most about the work of the Sunshine Fund – as her mam Caroll happens to be its director.

Her bigger role promises to raise the profile of its work in providing specialist equipment for needy youngsters.

She said: “It’s a charity that is very close to my heart, especially with my mam being the fund director and being based in the North East.

“It really does do incredible work throughout the entire region.”

Vicky’s appearance last year on I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here! won the former Geordie Shore regular a host of new fans – as well as the Queen of the Jungle crown.

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And her win on the ITV1 show catapulted her into the wider spotlight, leading to new roles as a columnist, writer and model. Her latest title will see her team up once more with fellow Geordies and I’m A Celebrity hosts Ant and Dec, who are already patrons of the Sunshine Fund.

And the added celebrity sparkle can only draw more attention to June’s appeal and add extra sunshine to the lives of our chosen 10 deserving local children.

Vicky said: “I am reallyhonoured and really thrilled to be a patron of The Sunshine Fund.

“I’ve done my bit for the last few years and I’m looking forward to upping my game and doing everything I can for the cause to help more kids.”

She also felt honoured, she said, to be joining patrons Ant and Dec “who are huge heroes of mine”.

And she urged readers: “Everyone Go Bananas!”

Vicky’s mother Caroll said she is delighted to announce Vicky’s new role.

“My lovely daughter, although extremely busy and inundated with charitable requests, has agreed to be our patron,” she said.

“She is very proud of her roots and coming from the North East.

“She has supported the charity over the last six years with everything from volunteering at our events to buying pieces of equipment, meeting the families and even doing the Sunshine Run last year dressed as a banana.”

And it seems the I’m A Celebrity winner just can’t help rising to the competition. “She started running with me but left me very soon as her competitive streak kicked in!” said Caroll.

The charity now has five patrons, with TV’s Pam Royle and Paralympian Stephen Miller also signed up and committed to its work.

Caroll added: “Here’s hoping the generous people of the North East get behind the charity and join the patrons to make our 2016 Go Bananas campaign the best yet.

“So, welcome Vicky and thank you for joining us. Being totally selfish, I may even get to see more of you!”

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