A Friday night with stars of The Apprentice

24 02 2011

I’ve been a bit quiet on the blog front lately but there’s been so much going on, as per usual I haven’t found time. Anyway, I’m back and promising to be better so here’s my first post for a long while… and this one’s for charity. I’ve got a few charity things coming up over the next few weeks, which I’ll be sure to update you on, but this one involves some famous faces and some red noses.

Comic Relief is only a couple of weeks away and tomorrow I’ll be joining some of the stars of The Apprentice to launch their Comic Relief challenge.

Candidates will be swapping their suits and stilettos for sweats and trainers when they take on a military assault course in support of Red Nose Day 2011. 13 candidates from series six – Alex Epstein, Chris Bates, Christopher Farrell, Dan Harris, Jamie Lester, Joy Stefanicki, Laura Moore, Liz Locke, Melissa Cohen, Paloma Vivanco, Raleigh Addington, Shibby Robati, and Stuart Baggs – will be leaving the relative safety of the boardroom to attempt a three kilometre course, originally designed by the British Special Forces.

To launch their challenge, some of the finalists – steered by my good friend Joy – have decided to come to Birmingham and start raising cash. Joy will be joined by fellow contestants including Liz Locke, Chris Bates, Jamie Lester, Laura Moore and Dan Harris in Malmaison from 1-3pm learning how to make cocktails with my fave Mal barman, Jamie Moss. They will then be taking their new-found skills to my usual hangout, The Chameleon, and will be serving behind the bar between 6-7pm and 8-9pm.

It’s sure to be a good night – there will be plenty of shenanigans as well as important fundraising. Hope to see you down there!

Ps. Even if you can’t make it, you can sponsor The Apprentice team at http://www.rednoseday.com/apprentice.

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High Five for The Haven

21 01 2010

I’ve been waiting to get involved with a charity for some time, but was waiting for the right one… one I could dedicate some spare time (not that I have much of that) to and really help. I’ve always been a bit funny about donating money to big charities because it’s never clear exactly where the money goes… I want to actually see who I’m helping, and know that it’s making a real difference.

So, I’m really excited about working with an amazing charity called The Haven. Based in Wolverhampton, The Haven “supports women and children affected by Domestic Violence. The women and children are from a variety of backgrounds, ages and ability, but all have one thing in common – the desire to become independent and free from abuse and create a sustainable happy life for themselves and their families.”

I’ll be doing a range of things with them, from fundraising and volunteering, to raising public awareness and encouraging women who need it to use their services.

To start off what I hope will be a very long relationship with them, we’re starting a campaign called ‘High Five’.

The Haven has five refuges in total, all in need of supplies. We’re asking people to donate five things, of any value, to go to each of the homes. We want them to be identical things, so it could be something as small as 5 pens or 5 mugs, or something bigger like 5 toasters or 5 blankets. We also want to get things for the women and children, so clothes, toys, make-up sets… anything really.

The lovely people at Gotham Records have said the first 100 people to donate will get a free CD too… how very nice!

I hope people will help with this, I think it’s an amazing charity and one that’s been over-shadowed by much bigger charities and organisations. Anyhoo, give me a shout if you want to help/donate, and I promise you really will be making a difference.

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