Jahmene comes home - with his X Factor mentor Nicole in tow!
X Factor finalist Jahmene Douglas returned home to a winner’s welcome today, when he and his mentor Nicole Scherzinger popped into his former store in Swindon.
Jahmene and Nicole were greeted by screaming shoppers and both stopped to chat and sign autographs before heading into the store for Jahmene to be reunited with his former colleagues and friends.
While he was there, we presented Jahmene with a cheque for £10,000 – money raised by selling a Vote Jahmene t-shirt, a special deli pizza and a Chicken ‘Jahmene’ ready meal, as well as other fundraising efforts.
The money will go to Jahmene’s favourite charity Women’s Aid, which works to end domestic violence against women and children.
Jahmene said: "It’s amazing to come home and see friends, family and all these fans. I’ve been really touched by the support people have given me so it’s great to be able to say thank you to a few of them in person.
“This experience has also helped me to raise awareness for Women’s Aid, and I can’t express how grateful I am to Asda for raising such an incredible amount of money for the charity while supporting me on the show.”
Teresa Parker, from Women’s Aid, said: "Women’s Aid is absolutely delighted to receive this £10,000 donation from Asda. Thank you so much to both colleagues and customers who have made this possible, and of course to Jahmene who has been such a brilliant supporter of the work we do to stop domestic violence.
“We desperately need funds to continue running our lifesaving services for women and children and this will be a massive help.”
Stewart Fleming, Jahmene’s former boss in Swindon, said: "Having Jahmene back in store is fantastic and shows him just how many fans he has behind him.
“Jahmene has come so far, and yet he’s the same fun, caring person he was when he worked here, so we would love nothing more than to see him crowned The X Factor winner this weekend.”
Don’t forget to download your free Jahmene mask – by clicking on the image at the top of this page – before the final on Saturday!