Charity wins if Crissy crowned

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FRIENDS are supporting jungle TV show contestant Crissy Rock in a bid to raise £1,600 for charity.

From the beaches of Benidorm to the Australian outback, the Scouse comedienne, who now lives in Peterlee, has laughed and joked her way through the first week on ITV’s I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here.

Her close friends are supporting her from the couch at home and say they have not missed a second of coverage so far.

And in an impressive show of support, they have backed the former Hartlepool restaurant owner to win the show with a £100 bet at odds of 16/1.

Her generous pals got in contact with the Mail this week and have donated any potential winnings to a charity of the Mail’s choice.

Despite the constant smiles and jokes, Crissy has endured a life of pain, including having to battle cancer twice.

If she is crowned 2011 Queen of the jungle, the Mail will donate £1,600 to a cancer charity – to the delight of her friends.

“For a cancer charity to receive that money would make Crissy and all of us extremely happy,” said one of her close pals.

“It’s a very nice and thoughtful gesture.”

Crissy, who made her name in the comedy series Benidorm, has had an impressive first week in the Australian jungle.

She has, so far, managed to avoid any of the dreaded Bushtucker trials and a pal told the Mail she will shine more and more the longer she stays on the show.

He said: “She’s just laughing and joking her way through.

“All of her friends have been watching and we think she is doing really well.

“She’s getting loads of coverage on ITV2, Crissy is just enjoying her time out there.”

Pals and fans of Crissy will be keeping their fingers crossed when viewers decide who will be the first celebrity to leave the show this weekend.

Freddie Starr has already made the trip home due to illness and Crissy will be hoping it is not time to board a flight just yet.

She is joined in the jungle by celebrities including Coronation Street’s Anthony Cotton, Essex ladies’ man Mark Wright and former Olympian Fatima Whitbread.

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