FUNDRAISING NEWS: WHY I GIVE - Danny John-Jules, an actor

Danny John-Jules is an actor, best known for playing "The Cat" on the BBC sci-fi comedy Red Dwarf. He supports a variety of charities including Cancer Research UK

Why did you become involved with Cancer Research UK?

If a charity asks you to help out, then they think your presence is going to make a difference. Do you take that as a compliment or do you look at it thinking "well charities will just ask anyone"? I look at it as trying to be a good civilian.

What can you bring to the charity?

You don't see many Afro-Caribbean celebrities helping out charities. I want to try and give the sector a face of diversity, but celebrities really don't do anything. The volunteers do the real work, I just like to give them moral support. There is serious dedication going on there.

Should more celebrities be involved with charity work?

Charity work has always been a part of my industry, but that said I think more big name celebrities could do more. I mean, what is a day at a charity event? It's not a big deal at all to go and spend time at a function. We need someone with more pulling power than me: I'm just a C-list celebrity. I've never seen Hugh Grant there, you know.

What is a good way to approach you for charity work?

It is really quite easy. All you need to do is send a letter through to my agent's office. I'll respond to that and if I have the time, more than likely I'll do it. It's really very basic because I see charity work as part of my job.

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