Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Thanks for Our Secret Money; Millionaire's Cash to Go a Long Way after Visit

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Thanks for Our Secret Money; Millionaire's Cash to Go a Long Way after Visit

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Byline: DAVE ROBSON

GOOD causes on Teesside today told how TV's Secret Millionaire has given a massive boost to the things they do.

Zoe's Place baby hospice in Normanby, the Sid's Place pupil inclusion project at Redcar Community College and Redcar Amateur Boxing Club each receive pounds 25,000 from millionaire party planner David Jamilly in Monday's episode.

Mr Jamilly runs a multi-millionpound events business, throwing lavish parties and creating fantasy worlds for the rich and famous.

Described as "long-haired, free-spirited and bohemian," Mr Jamilly, 56, decided to leave behind his cocooned London lifestyle to see how Redcar was coping with the potential loss of its steelworks.

He admits his visit changed his life.

And so taken were producers with the people they found here, they've added half an hour to the programme's usual one-hour running time.

In the special show, David leaves behind his business - he helped arrange a party for the Queen's 80th birthday - to live among Redcar folk.

Concerned about the impact mass redundancies will have on the young people of the town, he first visits Sid's Place (Students in Distress).

Run by husband and wife team Bill and Julia Ashton, Sid''s Place launched in 2005 in an old caretaker''s bungalow at West Redcar School - now Redcar Community College.

It provides an alternative for children having problems coping in the classroom, with programmes tailored to help pupils with anger management, bereavement and loss, crime, drugs, domestic violence and self-harming issues.

Mr Ashton, who went out on a boat with Mr Jamilly so the TV crew could film the steelworks behind them, told the Gazette he had "no idea" they were in line for Secret Millionaire money.

He said: "I got a call from researchers from Channel 4, saying they'd seen an article in the Evening Gazette about a gardening project we run. …

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