FUNDRAISING NEWS: WHY I GIVE - Jenny Agutter is an actress and a celebrity vice-president of NCH

Why do you support children's charities?

I live in London and it upsets me to see young homeless people on the street. Working with NCH as one of its celebrity vice-presidents, I feel I can make a difference. Handing out money as I passed by would temporarily alleviate the feeling of guilt, but I know it would not get rid of the problem. I was approached by NCH 10 years ago to become involved with a fundraising campaign, it was hoping to receive 1p from every BT phone card sold for a period of time. It was a well thought out campaign and raised £150,000.

Which other causes do you support and why?

It's important to work with a charity that means something to you: it makes you more focused. My niece has cystic fibrosis and I support the Cystic Fibrosis Trust. I also support Ovacome, which helps women with ovarian cancer.

How much time do you give?

I probably attend 10 events a year for NCH then there are things to discuss or to put my name to. With the Cystic Fibrosis Trust it varies enormously. It tends to be smaller events, such as village fetes. Ovacome takes less time because it's more of a support group but I try to attend its two big events each year.

What is the best way to approach you?

In any week, I probably get five or six letters asking for support. If they ask for a photo to auction, I will send one.

I was once asked for a hat, which was a great idea, but if I am asked for a "personal item" I don't know what to send.

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