FUNDRAISING NEWS: WHY I GIVE - Bob Holness

Bob Holness, 75, is the former presenter of cult quiz Blockbusters.

When did you become involved with NCH? I have supported NCH for more than 20 years and been its vice-president since 1994.

Approximately how much time do you give per year? Since 1994, I have lent my presence to several NCH events each year. These include hosting concerts, taking part in radio interviews for campaign launches, accepting corporate cheques and attending fundraising balls. I once travelled to south-west Wales on a bank holiday weekend to speak at a corporate snooker event - and I don't even like snooker!

What do you feel you bring to NCH? Commitment borne from a genuine wish to give something back and, at fundraising events, the chance for people to come up to me and say "Can I have a 'P' please Bob."

Do you feel that celebrities do enough to help charities? I would hope they do. For every famous face one sees in the tabloids there are countless other celebrities beavering away behind the scenes, making extremely valuable contributions. Some just do it more discreetly.

Do you support any other organisations? Most of the charities I'm involved with focus on children. The other ones I have the longest association with include the Demelza Hospice, Lord Mayor Treloar's Trust, Young People's Trust for the Environment (and Nature Conservation) and The Teenage Cancer Trust.

Do you consider new approaches to help other charities? I have recently had to resolve not to take up any new causes because giving hands-on support takes time. I now prioritise but I do hate saying no.

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