Cheryl Cole has been opening up about her terrifying malaria scare from July 2010 in a candid new video for Sport Relief.
The X Factor judge has spoken out about her battle with the disease to raise awareness for the annual charity event, with the video being aired tonight on BBC1.
‘When I climbed Kilimanjaro for Comic Relief five years ago it was honestly one of the hardest things I’ve ever done’, Cheryl said.
‘The motivation lay in knowing it could help in eradicating malaria and ultimately saving lives by providing mosquito nets.’
‘I didn’t for one minute think that only a year later, I would get malaria myself and become so ill that, at one point, I was given 24 hours to live’, the 30-year-old Geordie beauty continued. ‘It was the scariest thing you could ever imagine for me and for my friends and family.’
Kimberley Walsh‘s pal lent her voice to the BBC charity campaign, which will be encouraging us to donate £5 to buy a life-saving mosquito net.
‘I was lucky, I had the best care I could get. Some people are not so lucky. A £5 mosquito net could keep a child safe and really does help,’ the former Girls Aloud star finished.
Sport Relief is on BBC1 tonight at 7pm.
By Robyn Munson