Former X Factor star and I’m a Celebrity winner Stacey Solomon has won £20,000 for Alzheimer’s Research UK after scooping the jackpot on ITV quiz show Tipping Point. The 23 year old was one of three big name guests to appear on a new celebrity edition of the show, Tipping Point: Lucky Stars, which aired on Sunday. She beat football pundit Chris Kamara and Countdown co-host Rachel Riley to claim the top prize.
Essex girl Stacey and her fellow contestants were put through their paces by host Ben Shephard, who asked them a series of quiz questions for the chance to win counters to use on a giant coin pusher arcade machine. Dropping the counters down a choice of four chutes, they tried to knock piles of tokens, each worth £100, off a moving shelf into a win zone.
Stacey survived two elimination rounds and gave a string of correct answers in the final, where contestants try and get the Tipping Point machine to release the jackpot counter. Leaving the big-money coin teetering on the edge after six multiple choice questions, Stacey traded the £5,500 she had already won for three more counters and landed the jackpot on her first attempt.
The mother-of-two has been supporting Alzheimer’s Research UK since 2011. Last year she won £12,500 for the Cambridgeshire-based charity after teaming up with comedian Lee Mack for a celebrity New Year special of ITV’s Who Wants To Be A Millionaire. The charity was also one of two to receive proceeds from her Top 40 festive hit Driving Home for Christmas, which peaked at number 27 in 2011.
Stacey spoke of her joy at winning the jackpot and her reasons for supporting Alzheimer’s Research UK:
“I’m so happy to be able to give such a huge amount of money to Alzheimer’s Research UK. It’s an incredible charity which is leading the fight against dementia. The research it funds is a great comfort to some of my close friends who have been through tough times because of dementia. It’s so great to be able to give something back. I don’t know how I managed to answer all those questions though!”
Rebecca Wood, Chief Executive of Alzheimer’s Research UK, the UK’s leading dementia research charity, added:
“We can’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.
“It’s wonderful to have Stacey’s continued support. There are 820,000 people in the UK living with dementia today, 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 on wonderful supporters to fund our vital dementia research, including people like Stacey, and our many fundraising volunteers.”
To help Alzheimer’s Research UK defeat Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, donate online at www.alzheimersresearchuk.org or call 0300 111 5555.
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