Lumley urges ‘absolute commitment’ at Third Sector awards

The world can be changed by the commitment of charity supporters, actor Joanna Lumley told 150 guests at Third Sector’s Britain’s Most Admired Charity awards last night.

Joanna Lumley
Joanna Lumley

Lumley was giving a talk about her own involvement with charities and causes, ranging from the Born Free Foundation to Sightsavers International and the Free Tibet campaign.

"Because I'm so passionate about them, it takes up so much of my time, and I do it with all my heart, so I live a thread-bare social life," she said.

"All the world can be changed by us - all it needs is absolute commitment. So sometimes, just empty your pockets. Always write the first cheque in the book to charity - and the last, and the one in the middle.

"And when you think of a figure, immediately double it."

The Most Admired Charity award was won by the Children's Society, and Clare Tickell of Action for Children was voted Most Admired Charity Chief Executive.

Most Innovative Charity was the London Community Recycling Network, and Celebrity Charity Champion was Duncan Bannatyne, one of the entrepreneurs in BBC One's Dragons' Den.

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