This little section is all about some of the people that I regularly work alongside or have enjoyed a long relationship with. I have also included some of the charities that I am actively involved with and support. They are all very nice.
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Jessica Ennis-Hill, Matt Fitzpatrick, James Toseland, Katie Melua, Nick Matthew and Michael Vaughan are all patrons of the Children's Hospital so when they asked me to join them it was a real honour.
The charity need to raise £14.25million between 2018-2023 to build a better future for our children by redeveloping the Emergency Department, the Child Assessment Unit, the Cancer and Leukaemia Ward and building a brand new Helipad. The staff are wunderbar and it's a pleasure to be involved. Visit tchc.org.uk
Taste are a charity that raise money to get water to remote parts of Nigeria. I've spent quite a bit of time in Africa over the last few years and my good friend, Ben Udejiofo, set this up many years ago. His passion and drive to help those less fortunate than himself is a real inspiration. The fact that I almost lost a lung during last year's charity 'fun run' was not so pleasant. Must get fitter. taste.org.uk
The Football Foundation are big. In fact they are the UK’s largest sporty charity. Each year they hand out 30 million big ones to grassroots sport - money that comes from the Premier League, The Football Association and the Government.
It was a pleasure to become one of their ambassadors and I've been able to see first hand some of the schemes they have funded.
If you have a new football facility near you, chances are it's part-funded by the lovely people at the Football Foundation.
The Walker Cup was held again in September 2018 at the Hallamshire Golf Club in Sheffield http://www.hallamshiregolfclub.co.uk
Yet again a great day was had by all and we managed to raise over £40,000 for The Children’s Hospital Charity! http://www.tchc.org.uk The money raised will nearly cover the cost of a new treatment room in the Accident and Emergency Department of the hospital.
I’d like to thank everyone who was involved in the day, especially all the celebrities who so willingly gave up their time for the cause!
If you would like to know more, get involved or are interested in taking part next year then please contact Tonya Kennedy at the charity using the address firstname.lastname@example.org
Finally, I’d like to thank the guys at Orbit Media Ltd www.orbitmedia.co.uk who put together this video of the day.
Growing up I marvelled at Des Lynam's moustache and dreamt of a job at the BBC. That job arrived in 2003 at North West Tonight in Manchester. Since then, I have hopped about a bit, left Manchester, gone freelance, returned to Salford and am now in the lovely position of working on some amazing shows & events for the BBC. The organisation is far from perfect but they remain a great pleasure to do business with, watch & listen to. In addition to that my BBC ID card once saved me from arrest on a train in rural China!
For the past few years it has been my privilege to host a number of events at the National Football Museum in Manchester. If you've not been before it is a truly amazing place. My World Cup stats bible from the Brazil World Cup 2014 is one of the thousands of exhibits. I'll be back there again this year hosting the Hall of Fame dinner.