keith tackles the letters and numbers for little havens hospice

05 February 2016

A man from Brentwood has tackled television’s famous letters and numbers game for a second time to raise money for Little Havens Hospice.

Keith Kan, 75 from Shenfield, appeared in three episodes of Channel 4’s Countdown in November, winning each episode until he eventually lost to the player who went on to become the series runner-up. Friends and family sponsored his appearance and he has so far raised £1,383 for Little Havens Hospice which cares for babies, children and teenagers with life-limiting illnesses. Keith previously appeared on the show 17 years ago, and won a single game, and he also supported the charity in 2005 and 2014 as Seniors Captain at South Essex Golf Club. Keith and his wife have also previously volunteered at one of the charity’s shops.

Keith said,
“I would like to say a big thank you to all my friends and supporters who sponsored me for my latest appearance on Channel 4’s Countdown programme. It was still a nerve wracking experience after my first appearance 17 years ago for Little Havens, but I am delighted to have raised £1,383, with Gift Aid still to come, to add to the £780 I raised first time around! I am now also the proud owner of two Countdown teapots! Having visited Little Havens myself I am inspired and encouraged by the amazing work they do caring for children and families across Essex. I want to encourage others to do their bit and help fundraise to support the vital work they do.”

Peter Hall, Community Fundraiser for Little Havens Hospice, said,
“Keith is a brave man, twice taking on the Countdown challenge which always has such strong competitors. I’d like to congratulate him on his achievements and thank him for choosing to support Little Havens at the same time. Keith has so many generous friends and family members who have supported him along the way and it’s brilliant that all of that has added up to a great donation to the hospice. Keith’s donation will help to continue caring for babies, children and teenagers who need us. The care we provide to those with life-limiting illnesses is completely free of charge and that wouldn’t be possible without the support of people like Keith.”

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