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My Charity Work

Action for Children, the Prince's Trust, Scope, The Senses Trust, Breakthrough Breast Cancer, British Red Cross, Velindre Cancer Research, the London Welsh School, St Margaret's Hospice in Exeter, Ty Hafan Children's Hospice, Angels against Addiction, The Muscular Dystrophy Campaign and the Meningitis Trust are amongst my favourite charities.

 

I try and do a charity trek every year.  A gang of my friends and I get together and choose an annual trek.  We love the bonding thing, as well as the thought that we're helping out.  So far we've done the Great Wall Of China, The Tour de Mont Blanc, The Himalayas, The Three Italian Volcanoes and most recently Killimanjaro, with 15 past Welsh rugby captains, for Lung Cancer Research.  The Kili trek was televised in three parts by ITV1.

 

In June 2011 we'll climb Machu Pichu for the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign.

 

I'm a  vice-president of Action for Children and a patron of the Cardiff children's hospice Ty Hafan. I'm also an Ambassador for Angels Against Addiction and the Prince's Trust.

 

In 2007, I won the highly coveted  Rear of the Year award!  It's funny, but there's a serious point there too, because it promotes bowel cancer. It's a disease that people don't like talking about, so it's important to raise awareness.  I remain the oldest girlie to have ever won Rear of the Year.

 

I enjoy doing charity work and was bowled over when I was up for the Third Sector Charity Supporter of the Year award in 2009.  Duncan Banatyne won it.  I think about it every time I see him on TV !  But seriously, working with charities reminds you how many nice people there are out there. In my media world, people can be fairly go-getting, and it's good to spend time with charities and see what a fighting spirit they and their beneficiaries have.