Focus: Fundraising - Me and my charity

Margherita Taylor is a Capital FM DJ and television presenter. She has supported Help a London Child, the radio station's official charity, for ten years, and has recently been made a patron

How did you get involved with the charity? I became involved when I first joined Capital, ten years ago. Help a London Child is part of the fabric of the station. You have to go only a few miles from our offices in Leicester Square to see how desperately the charity is needed.

What do you like about Help a London Child? It's a very diverse charity that is involved with a huge number of different projects. I've been to visit Children's Express, which is the only news agency run by children - the kids there are so feisty with their questions. I've also been to visit the HIV and Aids charity Body & Soul, so the spectrum is huge.

What's particularly great is the difference even a relatively small grant can make. The charity awards tiny grants, such as £50 for some footballs for an after-school club, or it might give thousands to repair the roof at a community hall.

How do you support the charity? I have visited so many projects over the years that I can hardly keep track of them. I remember one year that I helped put together Christmas boxes made up of gifts donated by both companies and individuals. When we distributed them afterwards, it was amazing to see what they meant to people.

I also remember one of the first collections I was involved in, when this little kid who couldn't have been much older than five gave me a jar full of pennies. I'm always impressed by just how generous people can be.

Do you support any other charities? I also support the Prince's Trust, the Depaul Trust and Echo at Guy's Hospital, which offers support to the families of children with heart problems.

My god-daughter has had problems with her heart. When something like that has happened to someone close to you, you feel as though you want to help if you possibly can.

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