The last few weeks have been a real rollercoaster for me and I don’t think my feet have touched the ground yet.
Since the Secret Millionaire show went out, the Pimlico depot has been overwhelmed by calls and emails from all sorts of people, keen to show their support for the charities in Warrington. It’s been phenomenal.
We’ve had letters from companies and many individuals pledging their support, people requesting contact details so they can make a donation, and many of my own lads at Pimlico offering to volunteer their time and skills to help out. I’ve even had letters from people in Warrington saying they didn’t know those charities existed but, now they do, they plan to support them.
The Long Lane Garden Centre, in particular, seems to have caught people’s attention. One company in Cheshire, Mailbox Stamford Product Limited, which makes shopping trolleys for supermarkets, has even offered to donate some trolleys to them.
I’m keeping in regular touch with all three charities, and we have plans to travel up to Warrington again soon to get moving on some of the projects, such as helping to plumb the toilets.
I was very shocked when I first arrived in Warrington and saw where I was to be living but, don’t get me wrong, I know better than most that every area has its problems. It just sent me crashing back to reality. I’d forgotten what it can be like to struggle to put food on the table.
I hope the programme has helped to highlight three charities who are, in their own individual way, really making a difference to the local area. They are genuine people with hearts of gold – the kind of people we should treasure.