Hornchurch charity champion to feature in new secret home makeover show
PUBLISHED: 18:00 26 March 2012
A Hornchurch man who has raised more than £100,000 for charity is set to feature on a new Channel 4 makeover show after being nominated for his work.
Paul Freedman MBE, from Hornchurch, was nominated for the show called You Deserve This House for his dedication to Saint Francis Hospice.
Hospice fundraiser Lauren Josman said: “Paul is always happy to help the hospice in any way he can and even comes in on Christmas Day to serve lunch to the patients to make their day as special as possible. He is an inspiration to us all.”
The show, which is due to be aired on Friday March 23 at 11am (today) is presented by Amanda Lamb and involves unsung heroes having their home transformed in secret in 36 hours by professionals and people who they have helped.
The person is sent on a mini-break with someone close to them and they think it is a thank you for their hard work.
Paul,87 who has raised the funds through street collections and running the London Marathon, was sent for a night away in London while his living room and one bedroom got a refresh.
Members of his group called The Entertainers also helped with the makeover.
He said: “I was the only one who didn’t know about the makeover, it was a real surprise.
“I felt honoured because I do my volunteering and fundraising to help others, not for rewards.”
He added: “I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. I was really pleased with the work that had been done.”
This year will be the 21st time Paul has run the London Marathon and he will be doing it in aid of Saint Francis Hospice.
He said: “I am pleased to be able to support Saint Francis Hospice and other charities close to my heart.
“Saint Francis Hospice is particularly important to me because of the great care my late wife Renee received from the Hospice at Home team before she died in 2007.”
For more information about the show visit www.channel4.com/programmes/you-deserve-this-house/articles/about-you-deserve-this-house
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