STRICTLY star Alesha Dixon foxtrotted into Cowlersley to visit cancer patient Jackie Dean.
The kind-hearted pop star paid a visit to town after hearing about Jackie’s breast cancer plight from her sister Julie.
The 46-year-old has been battling cancer for six years, but it was all forgotten for three hours on Saturday night when Alesha popped round for a cuppa.
A delighted Jackie said: “I’m ill with secondary cancer and everyone keeps asking me if there’s anything I’d like to do.
“I said I’d like to see Alesha Dixon and we went to the Strictly tour in Sheffield but she wasn’t there.
“My sister Julie wrote to her and she sent some signed photos but then Alesha’s mum rang Julie last Thursday to say Alesha was coming round.
“I couldn’t believe it when they told me.
“She was just so lovely. I felt like I was chatting to a friend and she stayed three hours. We had some red wine and my husband Tony kept the food and drink flowing.
“I’ve got cream carpets and said she could keep her shoes on, but she insisted on taking them off,” Jackie joked.
Jackie, her sister Julie Grendon, 43, of Golcar, and older sister Andrea Chapman are all big Strictly and Alesha fans. Along with their mum Maureen Grendon and Jackie’s mother-in-law Brenda Dean they have been very supportive during her treatment.
She’s being treated at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary where staff quickly discovered she was a big Alesha fan.
Jackie explained: “I’m claustrophobic and hate having MRI scans, so I take Alesha’s CD and play it to calm me down.
“Julie and Tony always joke that they know when I’m in the scanner because all the staff come out singing ‘does he brush up, he never brushed up, he does nothing, the boy does nothing’.
“She gave me a copy of her new album, so they’ll be listening to that next time.”
Jackie was just 40 when she was diagnosed with breast cancer – she had treatment on her birthday and despite being clear for three years it’s returned.
She’s treated by Dr Jonathan Joffe, Janet Dunphy, Joyce Graham and Anna and Betty, who she described as the people who ensure her quality of life.
“You never expect to go through this aged 40 and for it to go on for six years. But they’re like friends now.
“I’ll take the photos of Alesha up for the ward – it was a nice day, it was lovely of Alesha to come here just to see our family.”