The death of Sir Terry Wogan was particularly poignant for our Chairman Paul Viney, who spent 26 years (1984-2010) conducting the Children-in-Need auctions on Radio 2 every November.
"It was a wonderful experience to appear live on Radio 2 every November for over quarter of a century" Paul commented. "Working with Terry was an absolute joy. Of course he was the consummate professional but above all he made it huge fun. We got on extremely well both on and off air and over the years sold everything from lunch with Sir Roger Moore, to tea at 10 Downing Street with Maggie Thatcher and an all-expenses paid trip to Las Vegas to see a Tom Jones concert and have dinner with him afterwards; and the best part was in doing so we raised over £5 million for Children-in-Need. Our most expensive item was for the opportunity to have Katie Melua and Aled Jones come and sing at your private party for which someone paid a remarkable £250,000.
"I feel that I have lost a good friend and will always be grateful for the opportunity of working with such a lovely man".