A former Blackpool FC player helped raise hundreds of pounds for charity after featuring on a popular television game show.
Former winger Trevor Sinclair, who made more than 100 appearances for the Seasiders between 1989 and 1993, appeared on a special FA Cup-themed edition of BBC1 programme Pointless on Saturday to raise money for Happy House.
Sinclair, who was also capped 12 times for England, appeared alongside BBC Sport presenter Jason Mohammed as the two looked to win money for the charity which supports children in Kenya.
Elizabeth Gomm, The Gazette’s former Women’s Editor and now voluntary UK coordinator for the Happy House, said: “Trevor heard about Happy House from a friend of his in Dubai, who supports and has visited Happy House, and was involved in a youth football tournament which was raising money for us there a couple of years ago.
“It was fantastic he remembered us and wanted to help.”
Happy House, based in Watamu, Kenya, was built in 2010 by Blackpool hotelier Sue Hayward.
The home supports orphaned, abused or neglected children and has a nursery, primary school and is fund-raising for a secondary school.
Sinclair and Mohammed’s rivals for a £2,500 cash prize included former footballer Phil Neville and presenter Mark Chapman, footballer Jermaine Jenas and commentator Jacqui Oatley and former footballer Robbie Savage and presenter Gabby Logan.
After being knocked out in the second round, Sinclair and Mohammed watched on as Neville and Chapman reached the final, only for the pair to miss out on the £2,500 cash prize.
But, being a charity game show, each team was awarded £500 by presenter Alexander Armstrong to give to their chosen charities.
Elizabeth added: “We were delighted.
“It is a big boost to us, as a small charity, to have someone like Trevor who is so respected and liked in the world of sport as our celebrity follower.
“We hope to build on our friendship with him.
“He’s a great role model.”