A TV soap actor has given his support to a charity raffle by donating a personal guided tour of the Emmerdale set as the star prize.

The prize, for two people, includes a two-night stay at The Westwood Hotel over a Friday and Saturday, with a personal guided tour of the Emmerdale village by the one and only Eric Pollard, played by actor Chris Chittell.

The raffle is raising money for Holly Martin and her family from Coverack, after she fell while horse riding on April 12.

She was airlifted to Bristol Children's Hospital and has been there ever since, with a serious brain injury.


Now the community of the Lizard Peninsula is rallying behind the 15-year-old Mullion School student and her family, to help with the expenses of travelling to and from the hospital and staying nearby, as her recovery could take up to a year.

Chris and his wife Lesley Dunlop, who jointly donated the prize, have close links to Coverack and regularly stay in the area.

In 2013 Chris took part in the Coverack Christmas Day and in 2016 the couple chose to have their wedding reception at Coverack's Paris Hotel when they married at the village church of St Peter's, as Lesley used to live in the area and her daughters were living in Helston.


The winner of the fundraising raffle star prize will be able to liaise with Chris and Lesley to arrange a date for set tour, Covid permitting.

It will be the first ticket drawn in the raffle that now has 126 prizes at the last count, with more still being added.

Organised by Suzanne Pengilly and Alison Grose, with support from individuals and businesses across the Lizard Peninsula and Helston area, tickets for the raffle cost £1 each and are available from St Keverne Newsagents and Vincent Butchers in St Keverne, Roskilly's, The Old Mill Shop and Paris Hotel in Coverack, The Galleon Fish & Chip Shop and Spar Shop in Mullion, Mawgan Stores, Tregullas Farm Shop at The Lizard, The New Inn Pub at Manaccan, Wynnstays in Helston, the Origin Coffee cafe in Porthleven, Gweek Quay Cafe and Ruan Minor Stores.

The first lot of money from collections for the raffle from just five shops has already seen £790 go direct to Holly's mum Helen.

Coverack teenager Holly Martin has a serious brain injury after a fall from her horse

Coverack teenager Holly Martin has a serious brain injury after a fall from her horse

The raffle draw will take place this Bank Holiday Monday (May 31) from 2.30pm at the Three Tuns pub in St Keverne. Due to pandemic restrictions capacity is limited, meaning that for each prize a ticket will be drawn and people do not need to be there in person to claim it.

More details and a full list of prizes can be found at the '#comeonhollypop Fundraising Raffle' Facebook page, with more events also being planned.

A fundraising page at www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/comeonhollypop has also raised just shy of £12,000 for the family.