Same Difference star shows her arty side to help raise charity cash

COLOURFUL Tilly Large has her face painted by Same Difference star Sarah Smith at Asda in Fareham.    Picture: Steve Reid (113441-605)
COLOURFUL Tilly Large has her face painted by Same Difference star Sarah Smith at Asda in Fareham. Picture: Steve Reid (113441-605)
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SHE’S more used to belting out pop songs.

But X Factor sensation Sarah Smith proved she’s also a dab hand at face painting.

The only snag, perhaps, is she’s only good at painting tigers!

The 22-year-old, who found fame with her brother Sean in pop band Same Difference, took time out to help out at a charity fundraising day at Asda in Fareham.

The event, part of the supermarket’s long-running Tickled Pink campaign, was opened by Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage and was aimed at raising awareness about breast cancer.

Sarah, from Widley, said: ‘They asked me if there was anything I wanted to do and I wanted to help raise money.

‘They were doing some face painting, so I decided to jump on board.

‘I loved it. As long as they wanted a tiger I was okay. If they wanted anything else it wasn’t so good!

‘I painted a few of the tickled pink logos on people’s faces to help raise awareness.’

Sarah said she felt very moved meeting cancer survivors.

She said: ‘Everyone knows someone who has been through it.

‘It’s absolutely terrible. It’s important to raise awareness and get women to check their breasts and make sure if they find anything they get to a hospital.

‘There were some cancer survivors there. They all had their own stories to tell which was lovely.

‘It really brought it home that without the charity’s help they might have not known there was a problem.’

After doing some face painting, Sarah tried her luck on the rodeo – lasting a total of 15 seconds.

She laughed: ‘I was petrified. I think I need more practice.’

The day raised £710.18. It was organised by Asda employee Sharon Noble, 45, from Stubbington, who survived breast cancer after being diagnosed three years ago.

Earlier this week she and 20 other Asda colleagues and friends abseiled down the Spinnaker Tower to help raise money for breast cancer and testicular cancer.

Her 10-year-old niece Ashlyn Collins, 10, who attends Elson Junior School in Gosport, even took part, with her dad Steve’s business, SC Access in Gosport, providing all the equipment and ropes for free.

Sharon said: ‘It was an amazing experience.

‘It was very scary but you get to the top and you make the decision. You know what you are doing it for and you just do it. We had 21 people doing it and not one person backed out.’

She added: ‘Everyone needs to be aware about breast cancer.

‘As soon as I found a lump, I went to the doctors. If I had waited another few months, it would have been too late.’