Fan’s gift to Paul O’Grady re­turned to her dam­aged

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Helping Others - By Emily Stott

ken­tish­ex­press@thek­m­ Ald­ing­ton res­i­dent Paul O’Grady left an artist dev­as­tated when she dis­cov­ered her Christ­mas present to him had been sent back un­opened and dam­aged.

De­bra Green, 51, from Deal, sent the pop­u­lar TV pre­sen­ter a paint­ing she had com­pleted dur­ing her univer­sity foun­da­tion course at UCA, in Can­ter­bury, of Lily Sav­age and Dame Edna.

She sent it to ITVs The Paul O’Grady Show, only to have the par­cel re­turned a cou­ple of weeks later with the wrap­ping pa­per shred­ded and her let­ter opened but the paint­ing had not been touched.

Mrs Green said: “It cost me £27 to send it off so to get it sent back with­out it even be­ing opened is hor­ri­ble. It’s in an aw­ful state as well, it’s re­ally hurt my feel­ings.

“I sent it to the cor­rect ad­dress so I don’t un­der­stand why they’ve sent it back.”

Mrs Green said that she sent the paint­ing by recorded de­liv­ery, mean­ing some­one would have had to sign for the pack­age at the ITV Lon­don ad­dress.

She said: “We al­ways watch his show. He’s bril­liant and this

‘He’s bril­liant and this seemed so out of char­ac­ter. I was re­ally shocked when I got it back like that

seemed so out of char­ac­ter. I was re­ally shocked when I got it back like that.

“All the wrap­ping has been pulled and ripped off but you can see in­side that it hasn’t been opened. It’s just not very nice.”

A spokes­woman for The Paul O’Grady Show said: “We have a ded­i­cated team who deal with all mail from view­ers and we have no record of re­ceiv­ing this pack­age.

“Paul and the team treat all such mail with the ut­most care and will be look­ing fur­ther into what hap­pened on this oc­ca­sion.”

Paul O’Grady won one of the top hon­ours at last week’s Na­tional Tele­vi­sion Awards with his show For The Love of Dogs beat­ing off the chal­lenge of The Great Bri­tish Bake Off, Top Gear and An Idiot Abroad to scoop the gong for Best Fac­tual En­ter­tain­ment show.

Pic­ture: Paul Amos FM2991058

De­bra Green with the let­ter and par­cel she sent to Paul O’Grady

Paul O’Grady

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