Sunday, 17th March, will air the beloved celebrity edition of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire. This time the stars invited to play were asked to bring a special friend to help them win the big prize of £1,000,000 for charities that they support.
Team Lord Sebastien Coe and Steve Cram
Sports legend Lord Sebastien Coe will team up with his friend off track and rival on it, athletic commentator and Olympic silver medallist Steve Cram. They will both try to fight to win the jackpot for The PSP Association and Comrades of Children Overseas (COCO). Steve has declared his enthusiasm of being on the show stating: I’m really looking forward to sitting in the hotseat opposite Chris, although there is pressure to do well for my charity. Seb and I are used to risk taking on the track but when the clock is ticking and the beneficiary is my charity, it’s a different matter!
Lord Coe has supported the PSP Association since 2003, when his mother was diagnosed with Progressive Supranuclear Palsy. Progressive Supranuclear Palsy is a degenerative neurological condition in the terminal phase that has affected up to 10,000 in the UK. The PSP Association is little charity that is trying to facilitate access to those diagnosed with the syndrome to proper health and social care. They also offer help to the family of those affected by this and raise funds that go into research for discovering the cause, treatment and finally a cure.
Steve Cram will play for Comrades of Children Overseas, or COCO, a charity that tries to lessen poverty in developing countries, by supporting children’s education. Steve has offered his passionate support towards the organization for some years now, hopeful that they will improve the lives of children and young people, and the whole community. COCO currently has projects in Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya, South Africa and Ghana.
Team Sally Lindsay and Steve White
The next pair to take the hotseat will be soap star Sally Lindsay and the drummer Steve White, who will try to climb the money ladder for the Alzheimer’s Society and testicular cancer support website Checkemlads.com. The star from Coronation Street has said that she had always wanted to participate in Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, and the excitement doubled when she found out she will be teaming up with Steve.
The Alzheimer’s Society is a leading support and research charity in the area of people who suffer from dementia, along their families. They are fighting to improve the worlds of those who live with dementia, an illness that has many forms. Their network and local practical services are helping over 30,000 people weekly, along with those that take care of them. They are also lobbying and campaigning in order to get the government to develop policies that raise awareness about what the people who struggle with this are facing every day. They also conduct a research programme that constantly tries to discover more about dementia, its treatment and its final cure.
Checkemlads.com, the organization supported by Steve White is a website that offers support for testicular cancer. They raise awareness, provide advice and information for those suffering of this disease. It’s the most-viewed male cancer website in the UK, and it was founded and managed by testicular cancer survivors. Steve has been supporting the cause ever since 2003, the year Philly Morris has founded the website.
Team Louis Smith and Paul Hall
The third pair to compete is Olympic silver medalist Louis Smith, who is also champion of Strictly Come Dancing, joined by his coach Paul Hall. They are aiming the highest score for their charity, the Huntingdon Gymnastics Club. Louis has said that I’m definitely excited to go on Millionaire but it’s always a scary feeling when you’re playing with what could be someone else’s money. For that reason I am grateful to be playing with my coach Paul. We’ve always spoken about how good he’d be on the show so it’s great to have the opportunity to put that into practice and I can be there for moral support if nothing else!
The Huntingdon Gymnastics Club provides hundreds of people with the opportunity to live a healthy life and achieve excellence, with all sorts of activities: for babies to adults, freestyle, disabilities groups.
Chris Tarrant will put celebrities to the test, and the money won by the duos will be shared equally between their chosen charities and a lucky viewer from home.