Posts Tagged: charities and celebrities

Remembering Terry Pratchett

I first met Terry Pratchett in the early 1970s when we completed the Lyke Wake Walk, a 40-mile route over the North York Moors said to cover paths once used to carry coffins to burial. He was a subeditor on the Bath Evening Chronicle, the former workplace of one of the other three of us, all reporters at the Telegraph and Argus in Bradford. The walk has to be completed within 24 hours if you are to become a “dirger”, join the Lyke Wake Club and claim your coffin-embossed tie. Read more on Remembering Terry Pratchett…

Breaking the ice with royalty

Mention the phrase “ice bucket challenge” and many of us still feel a shiver from remembering just how shockingly cold the experience was. But for the Motor Neurone Disease Association, the craze was a game changer.

The charity, which received more than £7m of donations in about three weeks last summer while the idea swept across the country, held an event at the British Medical Association’s HQ in central London last night to celebrate the funds raised and announce what it planned to do with the unexpected windfall. Read more on Breaking the ice with royalty…

Is celebrity involvement in charity campaigns always the right thing?

The #twitrelief campaign by Comic Relief
received a surprising amount of criticism on the social networking site Twitter
last week.

The campaign featured an online auction
that enabled members of the public to bid money for a celebrity to ‘follow’
their tweets, as well as for other extras.

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