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MP Penny Mordaunt to donate Splash! fee to charity

Conservative MP Penny Mordaunt has said she will be donating her fee for appearing on Splash! to a charity in her constituency.

Conservative MP for Portsmouth North, Penny Mordaunt outside the Houses of Parliament. Credit: Ian Nicholson/PA Archive/Press Association Images

She said "Not only is Splash! a great personal development experience but it also seemed like the perfect way to fund raise for a charity I’m very passionate about – the Hilsea Lido in Portsmouth which is being renovated by the community.

"I will be donating my fee for the programme to assist with the renovations. I have the elegance and drive of a paving slab, but my navy training has certainly given me the guts to take on the challenge head on.”

The MP will be appearing on the show alongside singer and musician Paul Young, model Danielle Lloyd, comedian Patrick Monahan and TOWIE star Dan Osbourne.


TOWIE's Gemma reveals unfortunate Splash! bruising

Gemma Collins revealed bruising obtained during mishaps in training for the diving show. Credit: ITV / Splash

The Only Way Is Essex star Gemma Collins revealed the extent of her unfortunate bruising from her training before embarking on her first televised dive in Tom Daley's ITV show Splash!

Collins also said she had to overcome a fear of water as well as vertigo before taking part in rehearsals for the show.

The TOWIE favourite is competing with TV presenter Michaela Strachan, Hollyoaks star Gemma Merna, Diversity dancer Perri Kiely and former Eastenders actor Ricky Groves.

Strachan fears swimsuit more than painful Splash!

The wildlife presenter is among the famous names being coached by Olympic medallist Tom Daley to plummet from several metres up. Credit: Joel Ryan/PA Wire

TV presenter Michaela Strachan claims the pain of a disastrous plunge on TV diving contest Splash! is not as terrifying as being seen in a skimpy swimsuit.

The Autumnwatch host, who will be seen taking part in the first heat of the ITV celebrity show tomorrow, has already been hurt and said it was like being spanked with plywood.

But the 47-year-old said: "The scariest thing was having to do a photocall in a swimsuit. I don't do glamour. I'm an outdoor person who is more comfortable in khaki and a woolly hat."

She is among the celebrities hoping to emulate Eddie "The Eagle" Edwards, who won the first series of the contest a year ago.


Eddie 'The Eagle' Edwards is ready to soar again

Twenty-five years after shooting to fame as a figure of fun with the world's worst Olympic ski jump, Eddie "The Eagle" Edwards is to make a comeback.

The Cheltenham-born plasterer has announced he is due to fly to Bavaria to take on the Garmisch-Partenkirchen New Year ski jump.

Eddie 'The Eagle' Edwards is due to return to the slopes at a contest in Bavaria. Credit: DAVID LIPNOWSKI/The Canadian Press/Press Association Images

Edwards came last in the 70m and 90m ski jumps at the 1988 Calgary Winter Games but became a household name and the unlikely hero of that Olympiad.

Once contracts are confirmed, Edwards, who lives near Stroud in Gloucestershire with his wife and two children, will test the conditions at the venue before the competition starts.

Eddie 'The Eagle' photographed in 1988 ahead of the Winter Olympics in Calgary. Credit: PA/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Edwards, who turns 50 tomorrow, told the Gloucestershire Echo that he plans to fly to Germany next week to try the jump for the first time.

"I'm still fit and in pretty good shape and I wanted to do it before it was too late for me physically," he told the paper.

"This will be my last chance to have a go and see if I can still do it.

"I've always had that 'have a go' spirit. It's not reckless because I think about the risk and every conceivable thing that could go wrong. I am nervous but also quite excited."

Daley 'over the moon' about Splash! second series

Tom Daley will return for a second series of the hit celebrity diving show Splash!, ITV has announced.

Tom Daley was "over the moon" about the second series. Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

A peak audience of 6.6 million watched as Eddie 'The Eagle' Edwards triumphed ahead of Benidorm actor Jake Canuso and Changing Rooms Linda Barker, in the last show of the series.

The Olympic medallist said he was"over the moon" about the news: "It's a dream come true for me to be involved in an entertainment show which has been so successful and also fits so well around my training schedule.

"Splash! has put diving on primetime TV and diving clubs all across the country have kept telling me that they now have waiting lists, following the popularity of the show. That in itself is an incredible achievement and I'm very excited to be part of it."

ITV's director of entertainment and comedy Elaine Bedell said: "We're looking forward to even more Saturday night spectacle, and sparkle, with the second series."

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