X Factor’s Matt supports Angels

Emma and Andy Knighton of Irthlingborough and the Chelsea's Angels mascot with the tickets and signed book

Emma and Andy Knighton of Irthlingborough and the Chelsea's Angels mascot with the tickets and signed book

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X Factor winner Matt Cardle is supporting Chelsea’s Angels, the charity founded in honour of three-year-old Chelsea Knighton who died in 2009 from acute neuroblastoma.

Matt is a fitting supporter for the cause as he had Wilms’ tumour, a type of kidney cancer which most often affects children under the age of five, as a young child. Chelsea’s Angels has helped four children with Wilms’ tumour.

Matt beat Rebecca Ferguson, One Direction and Cher Lloyd to win the X Factor in 2010 and had a Christmas number one with his single When We Collide.

Michelle Tomkins from Chelsea’s Angels said Matt’s support was a big boost and his picture would feature on the charity’s leaflets. Matt has previously donated a signed hat – his signature accessory during his time on the ITV talent show – to the charity, as well as some signed books.

The hat was auctioned on Facebook and the charity has used the books in raffles and an auction. Now Matt has donated two tickets to his show at the Hammersmith Apollo in London on Thursday, March 29, which are being raffled off with a signed book.

Mrs Tomkins said: “We really appreciate Matt’s and his manager’s help, it means a lot to have this kind of support. He also sent an autograph to one of the children we’ve helped, Emma who also has Wilms’ tumour.

“Already this year, in two months, we have supported 15 children and have another four requests to organise, taking our total to 92 in just over two years.”

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