Lucy Benjamin's 200k charity work
- Bang Showbiz
- 18 June 2010
'EastEnders' actress Lucy Benjamin has raised £200,000 for charity over the past few years
Lucy Benjamin has raised £200,000 for charity.
The 'EastEnders' actress - who is about to return to the soap as Phil Mitchell's scorned ex-girlfriend Lisa Fowler - has raised the enormous sum through her work as the patron of Rosie's Rainbow Fund, a charitable organisation launched by the owner of her old school.
Lucy became involved in the fund - which was set up by Maidenhead theatre school Redroofs' owner Carolyn Mayling Benjamin when her 11-year-old daughter died in 2003 - to help pay the school back for all they had gone for her.
She explained to the Maidenhead Advertiser: "The school had been so good to me and I felt I just had to get involved and do whatever I could. I never met Rosie but for me it was about having such a close friend who loved her child like that and seeing the pain she was in I just had to help.
"It's difficult for small charities, big ones get a lot of help and promotion, so it's important that anything I do I mention the name."
Over the past seven years, Lucy has done all she can to raise cash to help the fun pay for weekly music therapy sessions at Oxford's John Radcliffe Hospital and the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading through the organisation.
She donated £156,000 after winning a celebrity episode of 'X Factor', auctioned off her 'I'm A Celebrity. Get Me Out Of Here' and has also boosted funds with appearances on 'Weakest Link', 'Ready Steady Cook' and 'Family Fortunes'.