GEORGE Walker OBE, who has an innate way with words, has promised to act as MC, auctioneer or presenter for one whole year, gratuitously in exchange for a gift. A gift, that is, for CHAS (The Children’s Hospice Association Scotland). He said: “For one year from now (Wednesday, February 1) I will offer to act as master of ceremonies, auctioneer or presenter completely free of charge, anywhere in the North east.” The philanthropist, who received his OBE at last year’s New Year’s Honours List, said there were some things he wanted to experience in his life: “I wanted to drive a combine, to wing walk and to drive an artic, but one thing I hadn’t ahcieved yet, was presenting a radio programme.” His opportunity came recently when he was given a chance to present an afternoon programme just before Christmas on Waves Radio, Peterhead. The programme, entitled ‘Gift of the Gab’ was a charity challenge which raised £600 for Wavettes, a group of young people raising money for Cancer Research UK. He said: “I really enjoyed it and I’m now doing regular programmes. The challenge was to operate all the gear without any help from anyone.” Describing the experience, he continued: “It was quite hard. My wife Jen compiled a play list for me, but you had to read emails, drop in the commercials, select the music and then play it. “I did make one mistake. I played an Englebert Humperdinck number and introduced him as the ‘late, great’ Englebert. I had emailed my relatives to tell them to listen in. “My cousin, who is a QC down in York said: “I hate to tell you this but Englebert Humperdinck is still very much alive but we’ll help you with any litigation that might follow.”” George has vast experience in presenting high profile events including the Energy Ball, Emmerdale Extravaganza, Fyvie Live, The Queen’s 80th birthday and Grampian Country Fair. “Continuing, he said: “When the Gift of the Gab worked for radio, I just thought it would be a fun thing to do. “I have chosen The Children’s Hospice Association because I visited Rachel House last year and I found it was the happiest place - all you could hear was laughter, and I think it is a great cause.” To contact George and to find out more, visit www.georgewalkerevents.co.uk.
CHAS offers care for the whole family in their children’s hospices, Rachel House, Kinross and Robin House, Balloch. They also run a homecare service called ‘CHAS at Home’ which helps families in their own homes across Scotland when they need it most.
To find out more about CHAS, the charity serving children and young people with life shortening conditions, visit www.chas.org.uk.