BBC game show champion donates half of winnings to hospice

Andrew Titchmarsh with St Cuthbert's Hospice trustee Sheila Chapman.
Andrew Titchmarsh with St Cuthbert's Hospice trustee Sheila Chapman.
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A kind-hearted TV game show champion has provided a County Durham hospice with a major boost - after donating half of his winnings.

Andrew Titchmarsh, from Durham City, earned a £10,000 windfall by scooping the top prize on BBC show 'Impossible'.

Andrew Titchmarsh on Impossible.

Andrew Titchmarsh on Impossible.

The episode featuring Andrew aired last week, and saw him beat off 29 other players to claim the jackpot.

He has already donated £5,000 of his winnings to St Cuthbert's Hospice, based in Park House Road.

Andrew said: "My brother Chris and I have been fundraising for St Cuthbert’s for a few years now since our mum passed away here in 2014.

"We’ve been treating it as a bit of a competition to see who can raise the most money.

Andrew Titchmarsh celebrates his victory on the game show Impossible.

Andrew Titchmarsh celebrates his victory on the game show Impossible.

"My brother is an ultra-runner and has been raising a lot that way.

"I thought the only way I could beat him was by winning a game show! I can’t believe it’s happened really.”

The show, presented by Rick Edwards, sees players select answers from a choice of three, with some of them correct, some wrong and others impossible.

Andrew beat off all the competition to provide a big windfall for himself and the hospice.

The episode featuring Andrew aired last week.

The episode featuring Andrew aired last week.

Jade McArdle, senior community and events fundraiser at St Cuthbert’s Hospice, said: “We were really shocked and surprised when Andrew contacted us to say he wanted to donate £5,000 of his prize winnings.

"We are incredibly grateful to him for sharing such a huge sum of money with us.

"In real terms, this is enough to fund 52 hours of hospice care to those affected by life-limiting illnesses.”

Andrew will raise more funds for the hospice in September when he takes part in the Great North Run.