The NSPCC has teamed up with Clever Voice so that participants of this year's Gherkin Challenge can here motivational messages ahead of their walk/run up the Gherkin. CEO Peter Wanless did the first once when we opened registration for the event and now, in the absence of Lewis Hamilton, I have done the second. You can listen to it here - even if you're not a Gherkineer this year maybe it will inspire you for 2015!
The Christ Church, Spitalfields service is beautiful, singing incredible, music gorgeous and the mixture of celebrities and young NSPCC campaigners doing readings both poignant and impressive. I particularly enjoyed Jim Broadbent reciting Dylan Thomas’ A Child’s Christmas in Wales and John Hurt’s rendition of E.E.Cummings’ Little Tree.
The NSPCC’s Chief Executive Peter Wanless asks everyone to be there for children who find this a difficult time of year, rather than the celebration it should be. I think of my own son, the three daughters of a very close friend who I love dearly and my two fantastic grown up Godchildren, all looking forward to Christmas and I give thanks for the happy, fortunate lives all of them are living. What else to do? I give as generously as I can to support children who aren’t as lucky as them but it seems like a mere drop in a very thirsty ocean. At the end of the evening I am introduced to the new Director of Fundraising who I will be meeting formally next week to discuss 2014’s Gherkin Challenge for the NSPCC. Now that’s something I can make a difference with – I pledge to do everything in my power to make the fundraising stair climb the most successful ever. Watch this space!!!