EastEnders bad boy Jake Wood presents cheque to Welwyn Garden City hospice
PUBLISHED: 14:15 15 November 2017 | UPDATED: 14:49 15 November 2017
EastEnders rogue, Jake Wood, who plays Max Branning, has raised thousands of pounds for a Welwyn Garden City hospice.
Jake, who lives in the Welwyn Hatfield borough, teamed up with Sky Sports pundit and former boxer Spencer Oliver for a star studded charity boxing match in aid of Isabel Hospice.
The glitzy fundraiser was held at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London’s West End, and raised £16,687.12, which could cover the cost of 750 hours of specialist nursing.
They presented the cheque to Laura Pigott from Isabel Hospice at the charity’s In-Patient Unit in WGC.
Both men have connections to the hospice, with Jake’s wife Alison being helped following the death of a family friend and the uncle of Spencer’s wife Nicola, Barry Ardouin, was cared for by the local charity too.
Jake said: “It really is an amazing organisation so it was great to give something back.”
Hospice community fundraiser Laura Pigott said: “Boxing with the stars was a truly fantastic evening and we were so delighted that we got to be a part of it.
“Not only has it raised a significant amount of money for Isabel Hospice, but it has helped us raise our profile and we are very grateful for that.
“I would like to thank Jake and Spencer on behalf of our patients and their families, the amount raised will make such a difference to the people in our local community”.
Fighting on the night were celebrities including chef and MasterChef winner Dean Edwards, Rykard Jenkins from Love Island, Craig Lawson from Love Island, rapper MC Harvey and Jacques Fraser from Ex On The Beach, model and presenter Danielle Mason and international gymnast and model Pascal Craymer, Dan Osborne from TOWIE and Lotan Carter from Big Brother.
The night was supported by Katie Price, who took to the ring after the fights to persuade the audience to donate as much money to the hospice as possible.
Guests were treated to a night of boxing entertainment, a three-course meal and an after-show party which was attended by EastEnders actress Jacqueline Jossa, who had come to support her husband Dan Osborne amongst others.