Celebrity Charity Football Match – Pitsea, Essex – 9 April 2017

A celebrity football match was held at the Bowers and Pitsea Football Club ground , Essex, hosted by United for Charity to raise funds for St. Luke’s, a local hospice. Ex West Ham and Spurs players were joined by stars from reality TV programmes such as Love Island, X-Factor, The Voice, Big Brother, The Apprentice, Britain’s Got Talent, Take Me Out and the soaps. Other actors and singers also took part. The celebrity team in blue lost 10-2, with actor Darren Luckin bundling over for their first goal and ex West Ham player Bertie Brayley scoring direct from the second half kick-off in three seconds, catching the keeper unawares. Prominent players amongst the celebrities included Che Chesterman (X Factor), Scott Robinson from 5ive, Danny Wisker (Big Brother), Jamie Reed (TOWIE), Harry Berry (Take Me Out), Sen Monro (actor), Ryan Green (The Voice), actor Tony Pasqua, rugby player George Kay (married to Kerry Katona) and Paul Manners (BGT) – briefly in goal and then running the line.

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Southend Christmas Lights Switch-on – 14 November 2015

A day of entertainment throughout the High Street culminated in a Heart Essex organised concert building up to the town’s Christmas lights switch-on. Stars included X Factor’s Jahmene Douglas, Hollie Barrie from The Voice, David Robbins and Martin Ramsdin (The Ugly Sisters from the local Cinderella production), local artist Jessica Alice, and Heart’s ‘Martin & Su’. ‘Elsa’ from Frozen had the crowd singing everyone’s ‘favourite’ winter song! Southend’s Mayor Andrew Moring joined in for the official switch-on, following which a snow storm covered the crowd – already wet from the rain!

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With thanks to Heart Essex radio.