TV celebrity beats The Chaser to win £25,000 for Barnsley Hospice

TV presenter Sam Nixon beat The Chaser on 19 October to win a share of £25,000 for Barnsley Hospice.

Sam Nixon and Mark Rhodes, best known as the presenting duo ‘Sam and Mark’ competed on the celebrity version of ITV quiz show The Chase on Saturday night, alongside comedian Jimmy Carr and politician Ann Widdecombe.

The celebrity contestants beat ‘The Vixen’ in a thrilling final to win a share of £100,000 for their chosen charities.

Sam remained true to his Barnsley roots and donated his £25,000 share of the winnings to Barnsley Hospice. He said: “I’m Barnsley born and bred and still live in Barnsley now, so I wanted to bring the money back to my hometown, and I knew how much Barnsley Hospice would appreciate the donation.”

Jan Walker, Patient Services Director at Barnsley Hospice, said: “This donation means such a lot to everyone at the hospice and we’d like to thank Sam for his continued support. It will go a long way to helping us continue our care for patients, families and their carers in Barnsley.”

Barnsley Hospice provides specialist care for anyone in Barnsley with a life-limiting illness, including cancer, motor neurone disease and heart disease. The hospice needs to raise £2.2m each year, in addition to a £1.6m grant from the NHS CCG.