TOWIE star Mark Wright is moved to tears by the most inspiring little boy EVER


Despite leading a red carpet lifestyle, there’s more to Now‘s celeb pals than partying.

When we told some of them about a very special charity project, they couldn’t wait to give up their time and get involved.

Now was recently invited to Little Havens children’s hospice in Essex and we were moved by the amazing work the care team do.

When a family’s been told that there’s no cure for their child’s illness, Little Havens helps by offering respite and care for babies, children and teens. Families can have fun together while staff look after the medical side of things.

So when we decided to do something to help the hospice, our celeb pals were eager to join Team Now and other volunteers from our company IPC Media.

Mark Wright, TOWIE‘s Ferne McCann and Grace Andrews, Union J, TV presenter Lizzie Cundy, The X Factor‘s Sam Callahan, BGT‘s Francine Lewis and Dancing On Ice‘s Matt Evers all got their hands dirty at Little Havens last week when we helped finish a special garden.

Now brought everyone together to work with Greenfingers, a UK charity that creates magical gardens in hospices across the UK, giving children and their families happy, peaceful places to play and have therapy sessions and group activities.

Fronting our campaign to raise money for Greenfingers is Mark Wright.

‘What a great experience and day we had at Little Havens Hospice working with Greenfingers on the garden project,’ Mark, 27, told us.

‘You can take so much for granted in your own life but when you visit the hospice and meet the families, children and staff, you’re really inspired by their positivity, despite the often challenging times they’re going through.’

Mark welled up while chatting to Archie, an 11-year-old boy who was diagnosed with life-limiting illness muscular dystrophy when he was just seven months and has been visiting the hospice since he was one.

The condition means Archie can’t walk or stand. His respiratory system is also poor and he’s on a breathing ventilator at night.

Mark says: ‘Archie told me the hospice is important because it gives his mum a break. He’s got so much to deal with but he was more worried about his mum.

‘I’ve visited hospices before but I’ve never broken down like that. It really got to me. To be able to help in a small way by getting the garden finished for the families was a real privilege.

‘Please donate what you can so Greenfingers can continue its work.’

MARK SAYS: ‘Greenfingers needs your support to create more gardens like this. Please go to and donate what you can or text NOWG50 and the amount you’d like to give (£1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10) to 70070.’

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