Bolton FM presenter spends final night sleeping in Asda

First published in The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , Entertainment reporter

A RADIO presenter spent his final night sleeping among the groceries and shopping trolleys of a supermarket.

Bolton FM presenter Matthew Davidge will finish his six-night charity sleepathon at Asda, at Middlebrook Retail Park, today at 6pm.

He has spent the week camping out in the shop window and has been visited by a host of famous faces including comedian Dave Spikey, Emmerdale’s Mark Charnock, former Coronation Street actor Bruce Jones, comedian and Crackerjack star Stu Francis and Bolton Wanderers mascot Lofty the Lion.

Mr Davidge said: “It’s all been going really well. The tickets have been flying out for the raffle. It’s been absolutely brilliant, the support has been great.

“I’ve been managing to sleep quite well. I’ve been getting my head down at about 11pm and waking up at 7.30am.

“It’s just all the ding-dongs going off at 3am, I’m thinking, ‘what’s that?’ Is that my alarm call?’”

The sleepathon was held to raise money for Bolton Hospice and Asda’s Tickled Pink campaign, which supports two breast cancer charities.

During his time at the supermarket, he was entertained by Bolton Caledonia Pipe Band and took part in a Zumba class, while shoppers were given the chance to do a five-minute trolley dash.

Kevin Williams, Bolton FM station manager, said: “I think it’s absolutely fantastic. Everyone is having fun. We’ve been made so welcome.

“At the end of the day, we are supporting two charities and that’s what it’s all about.”

Linda Gallimore, Asda’s community life champion, said: “This last week has been great — much bigger and better than we ever expected. There have been some well-known faces popping in and the store has been busier than usual, so hopefully this will mean we have raised a good amount of money for Tickled Pink and Bolton Hospice.”

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2:33pm Sat 5 Apr 14

MrBenggo says...

I suppose Bruce Jones has to have the title "former Coronation St actor"otherwise no one would have a clue who he was.
I suppose Bruce Jones has to have the title "former Coronation St actor"otherwise no one would have a clue who he was. MrBenggo
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