Chairman takes bids for Children in Need
15 Nov, 2008
Listeners to BBC
Radio 2 have defied the credit crunch for Children in Need, raising
almost half a million pounds over four mornings.
For the last 23
years, Woolley and Wallis chairman, Paul Viney, has led an auction
on Terry Wogan's flagship breakfast show where listeners are given
the chance to bid for items that "Money can't buy". On offer this
year were opportunities including a weekend with the Strictly Come
Dancing team (£14,000), lunch with Joanna Lumley (£29,000) and
dinner cooked by Raymond Blanc (£50,000).
total was a far cry from the record-breaking £894,000 raised in
2007, it was only in 2006 that the half million total was breached,
making last year's amount a welcome but staggering exception. The
top bid in 2006 was also less than half this year's top price,
which was £100,000 paid for a 45 minute masterclass with guitar
legend, Mark Knopfler.
The generous bids this year were all the more welcome amidst
early fears that the charitable venture would flounder in the face
of the ongoing financial disruption, and Paul and Terry's spirits
certainly remained high, as evidenced by this photo, courtesy of
the BBC Radio Two website.