Chris Evans, 53, was joined by his wife Natasha, 39, on Friday morning’s Virgin Radio show and it was quite an emotional one to say the least. Fans will know the couple’s son Noah, 11, has been camping out in their garden every night since last month to raise money for a voluntary sewing collaborative called Scrubs Glorious Scrubs.
Please, please thank Noah. It’s his material
The youngster was hoping to raise £2,000 to help buy fabric so the volunteers could make non-surgical scrubs for the brave NHS workers on the frontline fighting coronavirus.
The organisation has over 400 people up and down the UK making scrubs and bags for staff to put their dirty clothing into at the end of the shift, to avoid any cross-contamination with their families when they get home.
And he did an amazing job, sailing past his goal and raising a whopping £77,125.
His parents couldn’t have been prouder of him, with Chris showing his emotions on Friday’s show and Natasha breaking down live on-air as she read out a note from one of the seamstresses at the charity.
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They both revelled in pride as she read out the emotional message.
“This is a message from Sinitta who’s been running Scrubs Glorious Scrubs, material buying, connecting everyone together,” she began.
She continued reading the message: “I had a really lovely experience today. Had a phone call from an old lady who said she wanted to make bags for me. I said I had fabric and would get it to her as soon as soon as possible and the lady took a pause and said in quite a nervous way ‘Oh good.’
Sinitta described in the letter that she had asked if it was OK to deliver the parcel in person in the morning, but struggled to “get her [the lady] out of my mind”.
“I couldn’t get her out of my mind so I took some fabric, threw it over my shoulder and walked a mile or so and turned up at her road. I rang to say I was a minute away and she ran down the street to meet me and I was surprised,” Natasha read.
It was what came next that really set the golf pro off and it was enough to bring a tear to listener’s eyes, too.
As her voice trembled, she continued to read: “I said ‘Anita, you really wanted to get on didn’t you’ she said ‘Yes Sinitta, I’m feeling low, lonely and anxious and don’t…-‘” there was suddenly a long pause as fans could hear Natasha choking up.
“‘And I don’t know where to put myself, I feel lost.'”
It turns out, the older lady is suffering from lung cancer and has been isolating by herself during lockdown, as she is considered high risk to catch coronavirus.
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“Sinitta said ‘You should have seen the smile on her face’,” Natasha cried before continuing.
“I walked away so happy that this project is really helping her, allowing people to do their own thing, enabling them to contribute to society and what’s going on in the world. We both walked away feeling a few inches taller.
“Please, please thank Noah. It’s his material,” Natasha weeped, as the letter concluded.
Last week, as Noah was gearing up for his final couple of nights sleeping in his handmade den, Chris revealed that the messages the family had been receiving “made him cry”.
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“They all make us cry!” he explained.
“Just thinking about it makes me cry because it’s the comments that kill you.”
Natasha revealed: “It’s been very very emotional and overwhelming to hear people talk about your son like that,” she said before adding: “And your husband!”
The former BBC DJ had also set up a charity initiative for the NHS, launching an auction of items kept in his garage.
It has since ended but raised almost £500,000.
The Chris Evans Breakfast Show continues weekdays at 6.30am on Virgin Radio.
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