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Sittingbourne resident Tracey Sandy surprised by Peter Andre 60 Minute Makeover team

By Poppy Jeffery

Pop star turned TV presenter Peter Andre caused a stir when he popped into Sittingbourne with the 60 Minute Makeover team.

Crowds turned up in Westlands Avenue after hearing the Australian heartthrob was in town.

The Mysterious Girl singer and I'm A Celebrity… veteran was there to surprise nurse Tracey Sandy, whose home had been transformed under the guidance of interior designer Anna Ryder Richardson.

Tracey Sandy with Peter Andre
Tracey Sandy with Peter Andre

Mrs Sandy, a radiology nurse at Medway Maritime Hospital, has just finished her treatment for breast cancer, which included operations, radiotherapy and chemotherapy.

She was diagnosed in November and had applied to the ITV show to treat her husband Tim, as they had been through a tough few months.

But little did she know that her children, Sherrie and Shane, had also got in touch with producers to treat her.

The 47-year-old said: “I came home and Peter Andre was in my house with Anna Ryder Richardson.

Part of Tracey Sandy’s home has been transformed
Part of Tracey Sandy’s home has been transformed

"I had gone to my friend’s in Northamptonshire and they’d planned it while I was away.

“I came back and my wonderful children, parents, friends and family were all here. My mum and auntie were in overalls!”

Mrs Sandy, a big Peter Andre fan, said: “We’ve been in the house since 1999 and had an extension built last year but hadn’t had time to finish decorating the old side.

“The makeover team did the front room and dining room and renovated the office for me.”

Tracey with TV presenter and interior designer Anna Ryder Richardson
Tracey with TV presenter and interior designer Anna Ryder Richardson

Mrs Sandy is also the chairman of Park Regis Junior Football Club and does quite a lot of fundraising work for CLIC Sargent, the children’s cancer charity, so has a lot of paperwork to contend with in her office.

“I can’t quite believe it’s happened, things like this don’t happen to people like me,” she added.

“As I drove up my road I saw a massive crowd of friends, family, film crews and PCSOs. I had absolutely no idea.

“A couple of people had sent me messages in the morning but they totally threw me, saying he was at the school.

Kimberly Dann with Aussie heartthrob Peter Andre
Kimberly Dann with Aussie heartthrob Peter Andre

“Thank you doesn’t seem enough to say to everybody.”

The episode will be aired in January.

It is not the first time Peter Andre caused a stir in Sittingbourne.

During his latest visit he spent his downtime from shooting the ITV show signing autographs, taking photos and meeting crowds of fans and excited schoolkids.

Fan Davina Fox said: “My daughters saw him outside their school and my eldest daughter even got his signature.

“They made me feel old by saying ‘He’s meant to be famous, but I haven’t even heard of him!’.”

Peter with Lizzy Adams
Peter with Lizzy Adams

Kelly Thomas said she’s a lifetime fan: “Peter Andre being in Sittingbourne made my day, he’s been my idol since I was 14 and I’m now 36 – lovely man.”

He also met Lizzy Adams, a teenager from Conyer with cancer whose family are trying to raise £120,000 for potentially lifesaving treatment.

The 13-year-old has a life-limiting tumour on her brain stem.

They gave the star a bracelet in the hope he’d wear it and raise awareness of their plight.

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