FUNDRAISING NEWS: WHY I GIVE - David Gilmour, Pink Floyd

David Gilmour is a guitarist for Pink Floyd and a long-standing Crisis supporter. Last week, he donated £3.6 million from the sale of his London house to the charity's urban village project

How did you become involved with Crisis?

I'd supported Crisis for some time through my charitable trust and was very keen to give the money from the sale of my house to a large-scale project which would make a real difference to homeless people. I found out about the New York Common Ground urban living project and wanted to help establish something similar here in the UK.

How do you support Crisis?

I continue to give support through my charitable trust, particularly to the Crisis Open Christmas, the scheme that provides services to homeless people in London during Christmas week. I've also agreed to become vice-president of the charity, which will be an ambassadorial role.

Do you support any other charities?

Yes. I support a dozen charities, the same ones each year, but reflecting a broad spectrum of needs. The reason I decided to support a select group was because it was becoming a full-time job trying to consider which causes the trust should support. I think it's better to give more sustained support to these than spreading the money too thinly.

Do celebrities do enough for charities?

No. On the whole it's a by-product of self-promotion, although obviously this doesn't apply to those who invisibly give meaningful sums. It's the personal choice of celebrities how to support charities.

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