Taken from The Chronicle – Written by Rachael Wearmouth
A CLUB singer recovering from breast cancer will star in a TV game show tonight where a pal tries to win cash for her charity.
Trish Greensmith’s world was shattered when she was diagnosed with an aggressive form of the disease almost five years ago. But the performer, from Willington in County Durham, vowed not to be beaten and channelled her energy into setting up the Chyrelle Addams Breast Cancer Trust – named after the 49-year-old’s stage persona.
Now, her dedication to equipping North hospitals has hit the radar with ITV programmers who lined the campaigner up to compete in Holding Out For A Hero tonight. Presented by former Blue Peter host Gethin Jones, thousands of pounds are up for grabs – but it can only be won for you by someone else.
Trish was contacted by ITV in the summer but said she wasn’t told pal Sarah Rawe would get the chance to raise money for the trust. “I got a phone call from someone at ITV,” she said. “I was told they were making documentaries about charities and they wanted to profile the trust because they thought it was something a bit different. “Then when they were finished filming me, the crew sprung it on me that it was all part of a game show and I could win a lot of money for the charity.”
Trish then went to film the show at ITV’s studios in London but has remained tight-lipped, saying supporters will have to tune in at 7pm to find out what happened.
“It was lovely, an absolutely fantastic experience that I’m sure everyone would love to do again,” she said.
“The fact that someone nominated me and that everyone came down and supported me and the charity.”
Since its launch the charity has raised £83,000 to equip North hospitals for breast cancer patients. Loose Women star Denise Welch, Councillor Brian Myers MBE and MP for North West MP Pat Glass have all also agreed to be patrons and Trish hopes the show will bring in more donations.
“We are hoping being on the show will get us a lot of publicity for the charity,” she said.
Friends, family and supporters will watch the programme on the wide screen television at Trish’s local, Cottles, on Commercial Street in Willington tonight.
Anyone who wants to give money to the charity can log on to www.chyrelleaddams.co.uk or text CACT07 to 70070, for a text service which allows donations from £1 to £10.