Stacey Solomon, who shot to fame in The X Factor in 2009, has won Â£12,500 for Great Shelford-based Alzheimerâ€™s Research UK, on ITVâ€™s Who Wants To Be A Millionaire. Stacey sat in the hot seat for the Celebrity New Year Special, broadcast on Tuesday 3 January, and teamed up with comedian Lee Mack.
Stacey and Lee faced show host, Chris Tarrant as they attempted to reach the million. Between them they won Â£50,000 with 50% going to a lucky phone-in caller at home and the remaining 50% split between each celebrityâ€™s chosen charity.
Recently-engaged Stacey, 22, has become a national sweetheart since rising to fame. As an ambassador for Iceland Foods, she decided to raise money for the frozen food giantâ€™s Charity of the Year for 2011, Alzheimerâ€™s Research UK.
â€œIâ€™ve watched the show on telly loads and shout out the answers. But itâ€™s scary when youâ€™re actually in the hot seat. Winning thousands of pounds for an amazing charity like Alzheimerâ€™s Research UK is just fantastic.â€
Rebecca Wood, Chief Executive of Alzheimerâ€™s Research UK, the UKâ€™s leading dementia research charity, added:
â€œThis makes a brilliant start to the New Year and we canâ€™t thank Stacey enough for this marvellous windfall. This huge contribution will pay for hundreds of hours of pioneering research and vital equipment for our scientists, bringing us closer to finding ways to diagnose, prevent, treat and cure dementia.
â€œItâ€™s wonderful to have Staceyâ€™s continued support as an ambassador for Iceland Foods. In December we were thrilled to learn she was releasing a Christmas single to boost our funds – a cover of Driving Home for Christmas – now this, itâ€™s incredible!
â€œOver 6,000 people in Cambridgeshire are living with dementia today and 820,000 across the UK, with numbers forecast to increase significantly in the next generation. Research is the only answer but funding lags far behind that of other serious diseases. We rely entirely on our wonderful supporters to fund our vital dementia research, including people like Stacey, staff at Iceland Foods and our many fundraising volunteers in Cambridgeshire.â€
To help Alzheimerâ€™s Research UK defeat Alzheimerâ€™s and other forms of dementia, donate online at www.alzheimersresearchuk.org or call 01223 843899.
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