Jen­nie: Hero dad’s death in­spired me to have a go

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CORONA­TION Street star Jen­nie McAlpine says the death of her hero fa­ther in­spired her to leap out of her com­fort zone and sign up for I’m A Celebrity.

Cam­paigner Tom McAlpine, OBE, chair of Manch­ester men­tal health char­ity Moodswings, passed away in March, aged 72.

Jen­nie, 33, known to mil­lions as Fiz Brown, is rarely seen at par­ties out­side of the soap, mak­ing her one of the more sur­pris­ing con­tes­tants. She said: “I lost my dad and that was a big thing. But I knew he would have told me to do it. He al­ways told me to do stuff, al­ways en­cour­aged me.

“He kept say­ing, ‘Give it a go to find out if you are good enough’. So that was a big part of it.”

Jen­nie, 6-1 favourite to win, will miss her son Al­bert’s third birth­day while in the jun­gle. She said: “Leav­ing Al­bert when I first go into the camp will be

my trial, it re­ally will.”

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