FUNDRAISING NEWS: Why I Give - Ian McCaskill

Ian McCaskill worked at the Met office for 39 years and presented the BBC weather forecast from 1978-2000. Now retired, he is involved with a number of charities including the National Society for Epilepsy

Why did you become involved with the National Society for Epilepsy?

It's the local charity for my wife and I in south Buckinghamshire and we are very proud of it. Our families have also had first-hand experience of the condition.

When did you become involved with the society? I've been involved for more than 10 years, often in a very humble capacity such as driving ambulances to church.

Approximately how much time or money do you give per year? As a pensioner I am ashamed at just how little cash I give. However, I do support everything with something and I give lots of my time.

What do you feel you bring to the charity?

I hope I bring a smiling, friendly face.

Do you think the society works well?

I think they get it about right. Alas, epilepsy will never be the sexiest charity around, so it should not be too "in your face".

Are there any other particular causes or organisations you support? I support Breakthrough Breast Cancer, WaterAid, and a scan appeal for a local charity. I feel it is important not to spread yourself too thinly, but I also sponsor a child for ActionAid.

What is a good way to approach you? I'm in the phone book and that number is also my fax.

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