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'Millionaire' winner donates £125,000 to Catholic Children's Society

posted on 21 March 2002
Comedian Frank Skinner today presented a cheque for £125,000 to Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, President of the Catholic Children's Society (Westminster). The cheque is the result of Frank Skinner's winning partnership with fellow comedian David Baddiel on the Boxing Day 2001 Celebrity edition of 'Who Wants to be a Millionaire'.

Says Frank, 'It was incredibly exciting to win £250,000 on 'Celebrity Who Wants to be a Millionaire' but the knowledge that my half of that money has gone to an organisation like the Catholic Children's Society (Westminster) is especially pleasing.'

Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor states, 'As President of the Society I can speak for members of the Board, for staff, users and supporters alike in saying how pleased we are to receive such a substantial donation. It will go towards providing great benefits for the children and families with whom the Society works. We are grateful to him for his generosity.'

Jim Richards, Director of the Society continues, 'The winnings will be used to support the work of St Vincent's Family Centre (Hanwell) and the Bishop Harvey Family Service (Hendon). These offer family therapy and child and adolescent psychotherapy respectively to families on the point of breakdown and to children who are facing personal crises that are affecting their health and happiness.

'The majority of the money will be used to extend St Vincent's Family Centre so that our therapists can increase the number of children receiving help and treatment. In particular we aim to develop group work for the under ten's to enable them to receive therapeutic help for issues such as family bereavement, parental separation, family breakdown, bullying, pressures at school and other issues that are affecting the course of their young lives.'

Leigh Moriarty (Co-ordinator at St Vincent's) is enthusiastic, 'The Team here are over the moon. For a long time we have wanted to extend the scope of our services to people within the local community and this is going to give us the chance we have been waiting for. The 'win' is a dream come true. It will enable us to work with younger children to ease the burdens they are carrying before they blight the remainder of their childhood and formative years. We are all very excited and looking forward to seeing our plans come to fruition. We do have a lot to thank Frank Skinner for and look forward to meeting him to express our gratitude in person.'

Contact Details:
Austen Ivereigh
Telephone: 020 7798 9045 or 07905 224860
posted on 21 March 2002

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