Kieron Dyer earns respect of the nation
When most people hear that a celebrity is going into ITV’s reality TV show I’m a Celerity Get Me Out Of Here – there is an assumption the ‘has-been’ is in it for the money. That assumption could not be further from the truth where former England footballer Kieron Dyer is concerned.
37-year-old Dyer’s chequered past led many to taunt him when news of his stint on the ITV show was released. However upon entering the jungle, the former West Ham United midfielder won the nation’s hearts with his banter and earned a lot of respect from many doubters.
Although Dyer reached the final week of the show, former Geordie Shore star Vicky Pattison was crowned ‘Queen of the Jungle’. Nonetheless, Dyer is donating his entire fee – over £200,000 – for being on the show to The Jude Brady Foundation, a charity which aims to raise awareness of stillbirth and neonatal death.
“Huge respect to Kieron Dyer, giving ALL his fee to the Jude Brady Foundation. SandsNI are friends with Jude’s mum and dad Peter who founded the charity in their son’s memory”, SandsNI (Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Support) said, before concluding, “Top Man Kieron”.
Peter and Lynn Brady who run the organisation raising awareness of stillbirth after their son Jude died nine years ago; spoke of Dyer’s “amazing” and “generous” gesture.
“I’m stunned. I’m amazed really. Kieron’s been a great supporter of the charity for a number of years and has done countless things behind the scenes, but for the news to break that he’d done this was incredible. He’s a true gentleman”, Peter Brady said.
Having lost his brother at the age of seven to stillbirth, this charity is special to him. “We are so pleased that the public have got to see the true Kieron who we know and love. He did fantastic to come fourth place but in our eyes he is our winner”, Nicola Housden from Jude Brady Foundation said.
As soon as the news about Dyer benevolent move came out, social media reacted with applause. “So Kieron Dyer donated all of his I’m a celeb winnings to a still born charity, what a great guy”, @isntnhlovely tweeted.
Prior to entering the jungle, Kieron said that by appearing in the jungle, he’d like to change people’s perceptions about footballers in general.