Meet Jodie Burrell: The Girl with the Golden Nose.
The 19-year-old from Market Harborough discovered a rare Golden Nose – one of only 12 in the country – hidden among millions of Comic Relief red noses available from Sainsbury’s stores across the UK.
And it meant a trip to London last Friday for the star-studded Red Nose Day show at the London Palladium for Jodie and her boyfriend Josh Goddard.
Jodie found the prize-winning nose at the Market Harborough branch of Sainsbury’s in St Mary’s Place.
She said: “I didn’t know it was a prize at first.
“I bought them for me, my dad and my youngest brother, and when I unwrapped them all, I asked my brother if he wanted the red one or the gold one!”
The prize saw Jodie and Josh whisked down to London, first to see TV presenter Dermot O’Leary’s Day of Dance danceathon.
“We met Dermot, and he was really nice,” said Jodie, a former pupil of Robert Smyth Academy in Harborough.
“Then we had a tour round Broadcasting House to see where the BBC film the news, and also the Radio 1 studios.”
After that it was off to Jamie Oliver’s Italian restaurant for dinner.
The celebrity chef had signed a copy of his book for his special guests.
And then it was the best seats in the house for the London Palladium show.
Jodie said: “I’m a supporter of Comic Relief and I would have definitely watched it on the TV, so to be there in the audience was amazing.
“It was very interesting to see how it’s all put together.
“There were no instructions to the audience except ‘don’t clap after the charity videos’, so it felt like watching a proper show. During the interval, we got to go to the family and friends room.
“Comedian John Bishop was there, and Davina McCall was there with her children. That was really cool.”
Jodie said her own show highlight was the duet between singers Sam Smith and John Legend.
And after the show, Jodie also won top-notch accommodation at the Every Hotel in Leicester Square.
Jodie, an apprentice at Jessica Mary Flowers in Abbey Street, Market Harborough, said her boss “was really pleased for me”.
“She was very good,” said Jodie.
“She said she didn’t mind me having the time off on Saturday, even though the Sunday was Mother’s Day!”