Big Surprise Surprise for St Asaph hero


Kirstie Dolphin

A GENEROUS man who helped a community get back on its feet has been hailed a hero.

Ben Williams, 27, from St Asaph, starred on ITV’s Surprise Surprise on Sunday night after bravely rescuing people from their homes on the day of the floods and continuing to help the community for months afterwards.

Ben and Andy Jones opened up their studio Live Life Light Gym in St Asaph for donations of clothes, white goods and furniture.

Ben said: “I felt like it was something I just had to do. My grandmother was affected and other family members.

“I don’t look at it like I deserve anything. A lot of people helped out.

“Everyone came together.”

Ben’s wife, Leanne, contacted Surprise Surprise to say thank you to Ben on behalf of the community.

Ben and Leanne, who have two daughters, Taylor-Grace, six, and Eva, two, and are expecting a boy, got married in June.

During the show St Asaph residents Vince Jones, Alan Wainwright, Debbie Fishwick and city mayor John Roberts all praised Ben for helping St Asaph.

On the show, filmed in October, Ben had a big surprise with messages from Welsh footballer Ryan Giggs, Phil Neville former captain of Everton, Sam Warburton, Welsh rugby captain, Leigh Halfpenny Welsh international rugby player and boxer Carl Froch.

Pundits Adrian Chiles and Lee Dixon also praised Ben’s “performance” on the day.

But to give Ben a big surprise Roberto Martinez, manager of Everton FC, came on the show to meet him in person to offer him a tour of Goodison Park, to meet the players and tickets to watch last Saturday’s Everton vs Liverpool match in the director’s box.

Roberto also called Ben a hero for his actions on the day of the floods, but for also helping the community afterwards.

Ben took a tour of the grounds and watched the match on Saturday.

He said: “It was amazing, the most brilliant experience of my life.

“Bill Kenwright, the chairman, then called me up after the show was on TV and we had a talk about the game.

“He also invited me back with my little boy when he’s born.”

Ben and Leanne were also given a five star holiday in Fuerteventura next May.

Ben has also been presented with a community service award for his valuable work during the aftermath of the November floods by the St Asaph City Council.

The award was in recognition for Ben providing accommodation and organising goods contributed by the public.

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