Category: “Charity

Many thanks to Jo Brand and Alan Yentob for another successful night for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research

Posted on 25 November 2013 | 1:11pm

Jo Brand last night became the seventh high profile arts performer to give of her time and talent for free to support what has become an annual ‘audience with …’ to raise funds for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research. These events started when my literary agent, Ed Victor, won his battle with leukaemia – thanks in […]

The power of the human spirit in a marathon is greater than a bomb

Posted on 16 April 2013 | 1:04pm


On the Olympic magic dust still sprinkling; my charity swear-off with Malcolm Tucker; and Boris mania

Posted on 11 September 2012 | 4:09pm

I was really determined not to drone on about the Olympics any more, but having just been to City trader BGC’s charity day, I feel I have to. Because the Olympic spirit was alive and well and wafting around spreading its goodness whenever an Olympian or Paralympian ventured near. BGC has had a September 11 […]

Chance for footballers to show that what Olympics fans are saying about them isn’t true – every FC please read and RT

Posted on 4 September 2012 | 6:09am

Much has been made of the contrast between the values and heroics of our Olympians and Paralympians, and the often not so great values and not so great values of our multi-millionaire professional footballers. Well today provides an opportunity for football, football clubs and football stars to show that the caricature is misplaced. I know […]

Excitement mounting amid countdown to seminal life-changing cultural event

Posted on 27 August 2012 | 12:08pm

The excitement (mine) is mounting … Not quite to the peak of the day I trotted out in front of 72000 people at Old Trafford with Diego Maradona (I never talk about it as regulars know) and three other World Cup winners as team-mates … Nor even an excitement to match election days 1997, 2001 […]

Give a big welcome to Brazil Street Kids in London next week

Posted on 3 April 2012 | 8:04am

If I can go back to my old life as what the French might call a ‘medicin de rotation,’ I’d like to alert the media to something happening next week, when a group of Brazllian former street children arrive in London. You may remember at the time of the last Soccer World Cup in South […]

Getting something good from a double tragedy – please support the Beldon Challenge

Posted on 13 March 2012 | 9:03pm

I have written on here before about the tragic death of Gareth Crockett, who was killed in Anglessey last year whilst trying to raise £10,000 by cycling more than 500 miles  and running four marathons in eight days, culminating in the London Marathon. He was driven to raise funds in memory of a friend who […]

Thank you Mr Speaker

Posted on 8 March 2012 | 7:03am

This is a straight-forward thank you to Commons Speaker John Bercow who last night co-hosted with me a Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research dinner at Speaker’s House. The dinner allowed us to bring together leading lights in what might be termed the ‘cancer community’ to discuss the charity’s Trials Acceleration Programme, TAP, a clinical trials network […]

Support for carers (and work with Labour) essential if Cameron is serious about Big Society

Posted on 12 September 2011 | 5:09am

One of the downsides (or should that be upsides?) of being moderately well known, and very accessible via social media, is that you get bombarded with people asking for time, money, contacts, ideas and expertise for their (invariably) good causes. On twitter, there is rarely a day, and some days rarely an hour, that there’s […]

Using the real Big Society to undo the damage of Cameron’s Big Society

Posted on 8 September 2011 | 6:09am

I’ve been back from holiday for a few days, but am still not back in the swing of things, so apologies to anyone who has missed my political and other musings. Thought I would ease myself back in with a guest blog from Labour councillor Sarah Hayward. It is worth a read. It is how […]