Big Brother star Craig Phillips is not one to shy away from grand gestures, as the series one winner becomes the latest to throw his support behind struggling Helen & Douglas House.
The property developer gave away all his prize money when he was crowned winner of the reality TV show in 2000 – and 18 years on he is still proving to be an exceptionally good guy.
Craig said ‘I do’ to girlfriend Laura Sherriff as the couple tied the knot in front of 200 guests at Cheshire’s Peckforton Castle on Friday with the newly-weds thinking of others on their big day too.
The couple asked that instead of gifts, guests donate cash to Helen & Douglas House, our charity of the year, which cares for terminally ill children and young people.
The 46-year-old former reality TV star said it was Laura’s brother Daniel, who was diagnosed with a brain tumour just after he was born, who inspired them.
He said: “He battled with the disease for three years and towards the end of his short life, he was in a lot of pain but there was nothing more the doctors could do for him.
“This is when Laura’s mum remembered hearing about Helen & Douglas House.
“Offering Daniel a place to get the care he deserved, within 10 minutes of his arrival the hospice had done what the local doctors couldn’t, they gave Daniel a place to find comfort and gave Laura’s family the chance to make the most of the time they had left with their son.”
The couple, who jetted off for a skiing honeymoon to Colorado, will also auction Laura’s wedding dress to raise even more funds.
Kay Honner, from Helen & Douglas House, said it was “wonderful” to meet Craig and Laura on their visit to the hospice earlier this month.
She added: “It is so very kind of them to ask for donations to Helen & Douglas House rather than receive wedding gifts.
“The money they raise will make a huge difference to the lives of local terminally ill children and their families at Helen House.”
Last month Helen & Douglas House reluctantly announced it would close Douglas House in Magdalen Road in August, warning the entire hospice would be forced to close in two years if it did not take drastic action to slash expenditure.
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