FUNDRAISING NEWS: WHY I GIVE - Fay Prestro, the magician

Fay Presto, the magician, spends much of her spare time performing at charity events. Last November, she became vice-president of NCH.

Why and when did you become involved with NCH?I first got involved 15 years ago because one of my mother's relatives ran an NCH home and I've been supporting them ever since. When I was growing up I felt, for very complicated reasons, that I wasn't allowed to achieve my full potential.

NCH helps those far less fortunate than myself to do just this and I am thrilled they asked me to be part of their fundraising efforts.

How much time or money do you give each year? I can't afford to write huge cheques but I do make time to perform for no charge at three or four NCH fundraising events each year. I also organise other magicians to perform at unforgivably low rates. This probably amounts to around £10,000 a year in kind.

Are there any other causes or organisations you support? I support Mermaids, which helps young people experiencing gender-identity problems. I also give to the Red Cross, a couple of HIV/Aids charities and Dream Flight, which takes seriously ill children to theme parks in Florida.

Do you consider new approaches? I do, but the problem is that I have to eat and pay the mortgage and I only have a limited number of free evenings each year.

What is a good way to approach you? If necessary, call my agent Jenny Dunster on 020 7607 8816 at Whatever Artists Management.

What is the most annoying thing about being approached? The frustration of not being able to help every worthy cause.

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