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PEOPLE GIRL RACES TO THE RESCUE WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM CHRIS EVANS.

Wonga Woman teamed up with Virgin Radio boss Chris Evans to bring Christmas cheer to a seven-year-old girl suffering from epilepsy.

The People's scarlet superhero - who each week will swoop with a wad of wonga for needy cases - teamed up with carrot-topped Chris to bring a smile to little Sivanni Sherry's face.

During a game of table tennis on air with one of Chris's team, Wonga Woman pledged pounds 1,000 to the British Epilepsy Association in Leeds. And Chris matched our donation.

"Wonga Woman, show us what you're made of," said Chris as he cheered her on from his DJ decks.

Later he added: "I think Wonga Woman's doing fantastic work. It's great to see The People helping those in need, particularly at Christmas. At this time of year we can all afford to be a little charitable."

The saucy DJ admired Wonga's specially designed costume with a bold W emblazoned on the chest.

And to show his appreciation, he invited her out for a festive tipple at Michael Caine's swish restaurant, Langan's Brasserie in London's West End with his Breakfast crew.

But dedicated WW politely declined. She had to deliver the pounds 1,000 to delighted Savanni, who will pass it on to the association. "When I first got ill I used to get bullied at school," said Savanni, of Shepherd's Bush, West London.

"The other kids were scared I'd pass epilepsy on to them. But I stood up in front of all my class and told them that epilepsy isn't catching and tried to make them understand."

Now Savanni has come to terms with her condition after meeting other epileptics and talking about her illness through a branch of the association in Ealing, West London. "I'm really glad Wonga Woman has given us us this money," said Savanni, cuddling her heroine. "It's really cheered me up."

If you know any deserving cases, write to: Wonga Woman, The People, 1 Canada Square, London EC14 5AP - or phone the Wonga Line on 0171 293 3433 (monday-Friday, 9am-6pm).

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BATWOMAN: Well Chris, it's hit or miss. Let's send those balls flying and watch me put my wonga where my wad is

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GAME FOR A LAUGH: Ping, pong it doesn't take long before I whack Chris's assistant into a humiliating submission

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SLURP: Thanks Chris, for the Christmas kiss - but I've got an urgent

matter to

attend to

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KNOCK, KNOCK: Once more my scarlet hand is at the door as I whoosh to London's Shepherd's Bush where a special girl eagerly waits

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THERE IN FLASH: The woman of iron

meets Savanni's dad Brian. Well, you certainly didn't waste any time getting here

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MISSION ACCOMPLISHED: Here you are, Savanni, lots of lovely money - pounds 1,000 to be precise - for the British Epilepsy Association

Pictures: SIMEON FRANCIS
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Date:Dec 28, 1997
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