Charities that are dear to my heart, are an important part of my life. The trouble about being an individual when it comes to charity is that there is only one of you. And one of you, with the best will in the world, can only respond to so much. In my case, it’s been a question – a reluctant question – of choosing charities that had relevance to the younger generation, in particular literacy and also to loved ones.’
So, the following are the main ones that I support:
Literacy is something that means a good deal to me. Literacy means not just that people can learn to drive and shop and travel, but, even more fundamentally, that they can feel that they belong. Being able to read and write well doesn’t just make you employable, it makes you able to enjoy and be satisfied by the things you can do with your own brain – and being reconciled to yourself, and who you are, is one of the first and biggest steps to confidence and a sense of self worth.