Fundraising News: Me and my charity - Neil Fox

Neil Fox, Capital Radio DJ and judge on the TV show Pop Idol, started supporting the Prostate Cancer Charity after his father died from the disease. He is also a patron of Help a London Child.

Why did you choose the Prostate Cancer Charity? Until my father died of prostate cancer three-and-a-half years ago, I was like most people - totally unaware of the disease and the shocking fact that one in 11 men is at risk of developing it. Men are generally not good at going to the doctor. My father didn't go to see one until the last minute - even then, he probably played it down and didn't tell him the whole story.

Compared with breast cancer, which is well publicised, prostate cancer is relatively hidden. People like boobs - there is nothing taboo about them. But men don't really want to talk about this gland because of where it is. I was contacted by the Prostate Cancer Charity after my father died; by then, I had already decided to do something for cancer research.

What do you do to support the charity? I try to talk about it on the radio when we run charity appeals. I also do TV interviews. People want to know about my story and that of my father.

How much time do you dedicate to it?

I probably do about six interviews a year. I do whatever I can to help.

The more I talk about prostate cancer, the better.

Do you give money as well? My role has been more to raise awareness than to raise funds. I ran the marathon in 1999, 2000 and 2001 to help charities such as Whizz-Kidz, but I haven't done it for a while.

I supported friends who took part in this year's marathon. Each year we raise donations for Help a London Child, which has been Capital Radio's charity for 30 years. We run a massive appeal once a year and organise lots of smaller things through the year to support them. We raised £2.1m this year.

What other charities do you support? I am a patron of Help a London Child, and I also support Macmillan Cancer Relief - Macmillan nurses were very helpful to my father. I presented an auction at Christie's last year that raised £170,000.

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