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Rainbow's nurse stars on Channel 4's Hollywood Me


A nurse diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at the age of 23 has tasted the glitz and glamour of Tinseltown by starring in a hit TV makeover show tonight.

Jenny Maine, a paediatric nurse at Rainbows children's hospice in Loughborough, appears in the second episode of Channel 4's new show Hollywood Me.

The 28-year-old was whisked away to California by TV producers in March to be met by a secret celebrity in Los Angeles.

Viewers will follow her as Jenny embarks on a series of outrageous shopping sprees and tries out some of the latest Beverly Hills beauty and health treatments.

"It was one of the most amazing experiences of my life," said Jenny, who was nominated by her colleagues at Rainbows, where she has helped care for children for the past six years.

"One minute I was getting ready to drive to work and the next this camera crew jumped out on me.

"They told me to pack a suitcase and I was driven to Heathrow Airport. Thirteen hours later, I was in LA.

"I still can't believe what's happened – I'll have to watch the show tonight to really believe it."

The twist of the show is that while Jenny was away, interior designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard, below, and his team got to work on turning her Wigston pad into a home fit for a Hollywood starlet.

In LA, Jenny was met by actress Tori Spelling, famous as Donna Martin in the US hit TV show Beverly Hills 90210 in the 1990s.

"I was treated like a superstar and I loved every second of it," said Jenny, who was put up for her five-day stay in The Grafton Hotel, on Sunset Boulevard.

Along with beauty facials and massages, she also had compression therapy to ease the symptoms of her multiple sclerosis.

Thinking that was it, Jenny returned to see her house transformed into a 1960s-style Hollywood hideaway.

"It's absolutely wonderful," she said. "But I don't think I can handle any more surprises!"

Colleague Lisa Todd, who nominated Jenny for the show, said: "She's a fighter and really deserved this treat.

"We're all excited to see what she got up to in Hollywood as she has been keeping a very tight lid on it all."

Jenny said she hopes the show raises awareness of MS and the work of Rainbows.

"I don't even know how to put it into words how I felt when I found out I had MS," she said.

"It was an incredible blow for myself and husband, Adam.

"But working somewhere like Rainbows really puts things into perspective. It makes me feel very grateful that I can live my life every day.

Hollywood Me will be shown at 8pm on Channel 4 tonight.

Rainbow's nurse stars on Channel 4's Hollywood Me

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