Following on from my column last week, I’d just like to report that the John Holt Cancer Support Foundation has now moved into their new building in Warrington. This is the end of one very long journey for the charity, but the start of a whole new adventure as they can now lay down some really strong foundations to grow and develop their service.After spending time with the charity during the filming of Secret Millionaire I know how important this building is to Chris Holt and her team. But it’s more than just bricks and mortar, this building will make an exceptional difference to the lives of people in the area who have cancer or care for those with this horrendous disease. Now that I’m a patron of the charity I’m really pleased to be invited to the their official launch event in July where I’ll be able to see what they’ve done with the place and catch up with Chris and her team. On the subject of Secret Millionaire, I also received my tickets this week for the HoneyRose Foundation’s Autumn Ball that is being held to raise funds so they can send many more people with terminal illnesses on special days out. The charity was really struggling when I first met them, but since their appearance on Secret Millionaire and with the support I have given them, they have worked very hard to be able to carry on with their excellent work. I’m really looking forward to it, it’s going to be a great night out and, best of all, I’ll be able to meet up with all the friends I made during the making of the programme last year. Even in these tough times I think it’s important for business to support charities wherever possible as they make such a vital contribution to society. If a business is in a position to give something back to its community then I would urge them to do it. The rewards it brings to the charity and the people they work with are priceless.
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