Surprise message from TV reality show star for Burnley nurse who has raised thousands for mental health charity
A nurse, who hoped to raise £250 for charity, was overwhelmed when she received a special video message from one of her favourite TV stars for hitting the £4,000 mark.
The surprise message from glamorous Magali Gorre, who is a former star of the hit TV show The Real Housewives of Cheshire, was arranged for Tamara O'Sullivan by her fiance Sam Winter.
In the video the Dutch mother-of-three, who is married to former footballer Dean Gorre, thanks Tamara for her magnificent achievement in raising the cash for the charity MIND and also for raising awareness of mental health.
Magali even suggested that Tamara should join the show!
Thrilled Tamara (25) who is a nurse on the NICU ward at Burnley General Hospital, said: "I have watched the video so many times, it was such a great surprise because I absolutely love the show.
"And what made it special was the fact that Magali is now spreading the word on her social media about the campaign which is wonderful."
Tamara started fundraising earlier this year after her mum, Kerry O'Sullivan, died suddenly at the age of just 43.
The eldest of five children Tamara was planning a 'celebration of life' party in honour of her mum and she also came up with the idea to try and raise some money for MIND, a charity that supports and advises people who are struggling with their own mental health and well being.
She said: " I had an idea that if I could help raise awareness of it and remove the stigma around mental health this could stop another family from going through the trauma and heartbreak we are going through."
Tamara set up a fundraising page with a raffle and donations of prizes have rolled in and she now has around 200 including a free wedding for a lucky couple. This was donated by the manager of a hotel in Darwen who said Tamara's mission was very close to his heart.
Other prizes include signed shirts from Burnley and Manchester City football clubs, a laptop, and stacks of vouchers and hampers.
Tamara added: "I never expected the raffle to take off like it has and to raise so much money.
"It has been something positive to focus on for me and my family and the fantastic response from people has just been overwhelming. I never dreamed we could raise that much money."
Born in Germany where her dad was based with the army, Kerry moved to the UK as a teenager and lived in London before moving to Lancashire. She had lived in Rawtenstall, Burnley and a few months before she died Kerry had moved to live in Accrington.
Working mainly in retail and for supermarket chains Asda and Sainsbury's, Kerry had to give up work 15 years ago after she was injured in a fire.
Kerry was mum to Tamara and also Tom (22) Charlie (18) 15-year-old Ben and Luna who is just six.
Describing Kerry as a loving person who doted on her children, Tamara said her mum was also her best friend.
As Burnley is now in Tier 3 restrictions due to covid the celebration of life party, that was due to take place this Saturday, has been postponed until next year.
Tamara said: "I was disappointed but we had no choice really but it will definitely be worth the wait.
"I know my mum would have wanted us to do a party like this and I wanted something positive to come from it too."
As the raffle was due to be drawn at the party Tamara has now decided to hold it live on facebook on Sunday instead at 1pm.