Heard of ‘The Who’, and how about Roger Daltrey? Well, he lives in East Sussex and has this beautiful estate for fly fishing. And that’s just what he let everyone use it for – all in the name of raising money for one of my favourite charities. One Friday in late May (when we had our summer) 50 odd people turned up for The Children’s Trust fly fishing fundraiser.
I had a good go at the fishing, and didn’t take it too seriously until I actually caught one, and reeled it in – If that’s what the fishy folk call it. Here I am with Mr. Fish. (sorry Mike, not you!)
It’s a rainblow trout by the way, and rapidly loses it’s colour once it’s been out of the water for a while, so as you can tell this one was super duper fresh. This fishy fun in the sizzling sun was shortly followed by lunch by the lake, where I met Rod Stewart…
The Children’s Trust had 2 competitions running; one for the heaviest fish, and the other for the group that caught the most fish. As Michael Fish wasn’t there for the first category (he’s going to kill me…), the group below won the second catergory with 5 huge beasties. No jokes about us humans now…
A brilliant day out, and a reminder of what sunshine looks like!
Thanks to the lovely Keith Walter for the great pics – with a few from my loyal Blackberry too!
I am a charity shop bargain-hunting demon – and thought I knew every charity shop in town. Turns out I was very mistaken. Kathryn, who runs “The Children’s Trust, Tadworth” shop in Tunbridge Wells emailed me to ask if I would like to get involved with promoting the shop. I popped in to see her and within minutes was suckered in by her charm and agreeing to attend her fashion show.
A few weeks later I arrive at said fashion event…to find out I’m the only model! However, on relection this was a rather jammy advantage – all those wonderful clothes to myself – and all that flouncing around the ‘catwalk’ on my own. They can take the performance away from the gal but they can’t take the performer out of the gal – or something like that. As you can see from the pics, I wasn’t exactly camera shy!
Also for the first time in the history of my time at the BBC I had someone to do my hair (in fact two delightful ladies – Sarah Horton and Cara Evans from Graham Webb hairdressers – thank you!)
Photos courtesy of www.keithwalter.co.uk
All in all it was a wonderful do for a fantastic charity. Please pop by and have a browse, you’ll be amazed at what you’ll find. (Plus I am about to donate a load of my on air clothes – so you might pick up something that you recognise from the box!). Thanks to all the volunteers at the shop, and also the lovely Kathryn for getting me involved in the first place. The Children’s Trust, Tadworth is a fantastic charity and rest assured every penny goes to achieving wonderful things for children with multiple disabilities. .
Next stop I will be at the celebrity fishing day at Roger Daltery’s estate – if you want to join in then you can buy tickets at http://www.thechildrenstrust.org.uk/ – no fishing experience necessary! (I can’t even catch tadpoles so I’ll be floundering…Ho ho). And if fish don’t float your boat (Michael Fish aside of course!) then how about zippy nippy cars? The supercar driving challenge at Dunsfold Park, 23/24th June will be a petrol head paradise- gives me chills n’ thrills just thinking about it! I shall be there on the Sunday driving a Caterham 7 (the hair will need Shwarzenegger strength hairspray) so please do come up and say hello!