Joe Lycett wins £32k for Tamworth Wellbeing and Cancer Support Centre on Celebrity Catchphrase
Joe Lycett gave his favourite Tamworth charity another THIRTY THOUSAND reasons to love him.
The comedian won £31,900 for Tamworth Wellbeing and Cancer Support Centre, of which he is an ambassador for, playing against TV presenter Nick Knowles and actress Chizzy Akudolu on ITV hit Celebrity Catchphrase.
He had won £6,900 in the earlier rounds to get through to the final where he then won £25,000 in the Saturday night show. The total raised for charity between all three celebrities was £41,100.
Joe, who was even a catchphrase on the show, which he correctly guessed as being A Cup of Joe, told presenter Stephen Mulhern: “I am really surprised because genuinely when I watch the show I am not good at it so I have sort of blown my own mind!
“The charity is a really lovely little local charity in Tamworth and they, like a lot of other places, have had a tough few months with lockdown and not being able to be open but still so many people suffering.
“This money will be amazing for them because they are such a small charity. It really makes a difference.
“I am an ambassador for the charity and my friend Paula runs it. I have been there and seen what they do and it is incredibly important for the people that go there.”
Paula Da-Silva, centre manager who watched the show with friends and family at Bolehall Swifts, said: “I still can’t process it. What can I say? I am absolutely blown away. What a fantastic night! Joe has pulled it out of the bag for us yet again, and I got to share it with some people that are very special to me.
“Joe is an amazing ambassador for our charity, we are so lucky to have him! On Saturday he gave us another 31,900 reasons to be grateful.
“I couldn’t be more proud to have Joe as my friend and as ambassador for Tamworth Wellbeing & Cancer Support Centre. He is always there for me and never lets me down.
“We will definitely put the money to good use. It is just beyond our wildest dreams. We could not be happier.
“Thank you everybody for your lovely messages and comments, I am literally ploughing through them all.”
Nick Knowles even messaged Paula to say: “He (Joe) was brilliant and did so well – lovely guy as well. Congrats on the money he won for you. I know you’ll put it to great use.”
Aged 33 and known for being the presenter on BBC Two’s The Great British Sewing Bee, announcer on BBC One show Epic Win, Ibiza Weekender voice over and appearances on Live at the Apollo, Taskmaster, Never Mind the Buzzcocks, 8 Out of 10 Cats and QI among many, Joe has “I’ve visited the centre and seen first-hand how amazing it is and I am proud to call its manager, Paula, my friend.
“I’m delighted to be announced as ambassador to their extraordinary centre, which provides invaluable and remarkable support for people living with cancer and other chronic illnesses.”also on ITV, last year.
He became an official ambassador for the charity in 2018.
He said at the time: “We all know too well the damage and heartache cancer causes, but also how scary and lonely it is for those who have been diagnosed.
“The Tamworth Wellbeing and Cancer Support Centre is essentially a big box of angels who provide a ton of different support services, advice and compassionate care.
“I’ve visited the centre and seen first-hand how amazing it is and I am proud to call its manager, Paula, my friend.
“I’m delighted to be announced as ambassador to their extraordinary centre, which provides invaluable and remarkable support for people living with cancer and other chronic illnesses.”
Credit: Daniel Newbould