Wednesday, 11 February 2009

Men In Shorts, Scrumming and a Ceili

I would like to draw all your attention to an event I am organising for The Hope Foundation for Street Children of Calcutta. No, don't go's going to be a bit bonkers, lots of fun and for all you ladies out there - it involves men in shorts running around and bending over...a lot!
On 4th April, we are holding a fundraising at London Irish Rugby in Reading.

VIP seats to watch the match, men in shorts (from the squad) popping in to see you at half time, and then in the evening, Champagne and Guiness reception, Irish Dancing, Supper and a Ceile.
I'll be there on the day/night to make sure you are all having the best time...and of course to keep an eye on the men in shorts!
It's a very important job - and a sacrifice I have to make.

Here is the me to book and hope to see you there!


Saturday 4th April from 3.0opm at the Madejski Stadium
Last Premership Rugby Match of the season London Irish V Bristol

Come and have some fun whilst supporting The Hope Foundation for Street Children of Calcutta’s first fundraising event.

Exclusive use of Premier Lounge and Bar throughout the match followed at 6.oopm by Champagne and Guinness reception.

Later, Irish dancing featuring the Dunlop Dance Academy,
supper and a Ceili

Come and meet the players!

Special Guests: Ex London Irish and Irish International : Dr Mick Molloy and Hope Ambassador : Andrea Catherwood.

Tickets £100 for the whole day, or £50 for supper and evening entertainment.

For tickets and more information email : or telephone 0208 892 0659.

For those of you who don’t want to go home afterwards there is accommodation available in the Millenium Hotel within the Madejski Stadium.
For a special rate: £75 per room for bed and breakfast.
Telephone 0118 925 3500 and mention Hope when booking.

Our fabulous Patrons are: Dame Judi Dench, Edward Fox OBE, Richard E Grant, Jenni Murray OBE, Dame Joan Plowright, Christopher Biggins, Robert Duncan, Ronald Harwood CBE, Julian Shah, Professor David Wilson CBE and Alistair Morrison

The Hope Foundation is a registered charity set up in Ireland in 1999 to help restore basic human rights to the street children of Calcutta.

Born on the streets, they are denied such needs as food, shelter, healthcare, education, love, safety and support. The streets offer little protection and dangerous predators abuse these vulnerable children emotionally, physically, mentally and sexually. Street children experience the cruelty and inhumanity of mankind on a daily basis. HOPE aims to protect these children from exploitation and danger and give them back their right to a childhood.

In 2008 Hope registered in Great Britain and now has an office in Buckinghamshire with a full board of Trustees and Patrons.Please go to our website

Tuesday, 3 February 2009

It's Snow Joke!! Boom boom!

Oh, please indulge me a little for my appauling joke. It's what happens when you have to cross a snowy mountain pass, avoiding four avalanches just to buy some milk.

The whole country has ground to a halt and actually I think it's rather wonderful. It's about time we all slowed down a bit and stopped looking so harrassed.

So we couldn't get to work or school or even the shops. It gave us the chance to behave like ten year olds and lob snowballs at one another, slide down the hill on our bums and build deformed snowmen.

Everything is a bit miserable at the moment and we are all being told it's doom and gloom. I saw more smiles on peoples faces yesterday, as they played with their children or indeed played like children, than I have in a long time.

I think we are all rather lovely in this country - and even though we are often told not to enjoy ourselves - yesterday put my faith back in old blighty, as we ignored work, school and chores and went out and tumbled in the snow.

Absolutely bloody marvellous!