A COMMUNITY stalwart was made up when a celebrity came to Stalybridge.
Tameside Council’s Public Health Programme Officer Angela Wild was greeted by pop star Peter Andre and a crowd of hundreds after her home was given a makeover as a treat for her charity and community service.
The singer and presenter – whose biggest hit is “Mysterious Girl” - fronts the show 60 Minute Makeover, where homeowners are nominated for DIY experts to give their house a new look in their absence. The Australian heartthrob was on hand with a film crew to capture Angela’s surprise on her return.
Viewers can see for themselves when the show airs on Tuesday, 13 February at 8pm on the Discovery channel Quest Red, which is on Freeview channel 38, Sky channel 162 and Virgin channel 215.
Angela has raised thousands for charity, including £40,000 for Willow Wood Hospice to thank them for the care given to her late mother-in-law Kathleen Wild and £10,000 for Breast Cancer Care, and thousands for other local charities including Macmillan, The Anthony Seddon Fund and TOG Mind as well as helping elderly people in the community.
That’s on top of her work at Tameside Council, which includes supporting campaigns to end loneliness, Dementia Friends and Dying Matters.
After she organised fundraising events for flooding victims, friend Jane Peet decided it was time Angela was rewarded – nominating her for the show.
Husband Steve and neighbours helped with the organisation, while keeping Angela in the dark.
While the work took place in October, she was taken for a spa stay by friend Jo Hinds, a Willow Wood volunteer.
Family, friends and charity representatives including Macmillan Nurses lined Springs Lane on their return, with Angela fearing there’d been a major accident.
She said: “Peter Andre appeared and gave me a hug and asked ‘do you know what’s happening?’ and I said ‘I do now!’ Peter was just so genuine and really cared. I was blown away.”
The ‘I’m a Celebrity …’ veteran told Steve “what a wonderful person you have here” and commented as Angela made tea “you don’t stop do you.”
Even Archie (6), a boy with cerebral palsy who Angela helped buy an adapted trike for, was there and she was also presented with a card signed by everyone at Willow Wood in memory of her mother-in-law.
“It was quite emotional,” said Angela. “All the family were there.”
Angela was taken to her front room with her eyes closed. She said: “It was an absolute transformation. I had been mithering my husband about needing to modernise. I could not have asked for anything better. Everything is perfect.”
And a spare bedroom had been revamped into a charity room complete with computer table and chairs – which Angela is using to continue her charity work.
Angela added: “I was on a rollercoaster afterwards with people stopping me and asking about it. It’s nice to be recognised for what I’m doing but I don’t do it for rewards, I just want to help and support the community.”
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