Nick Robinson, the presenter of Radio 4’s “Today” programme, is to be the special guest at this year’s Journalists’ Charity celebrity lunch in Birmingham. He will talk about his life and his work, including his run-ins with the world’s most powerful leaders, as well as taking questions from the audience.
Nick’s career spans three decades, including spells as political editor for the BBC and ITV. The only journalist to have held both roles., he recently recovered from serious illness which threatened to end his career.
The autumn lunch will be held in the Holte Suite at Aston Villa Football Club on Friday 25November. "A healthy society needs journalists willing to provoke public debate and to ask awkward questions,” said Nick. “Only a very few will ever get fame or fortune. The Journalists’ Charity works for the rest – and, therefore, for us all."
The charity has been staging celebrity lunches in Birmingham since 1993 and they have helped the district raise more than £500,000.
Previous speakers have included Sir Michael Parkinson, Chris Tarrant, Sir Richard Branson, Kate Adie, Robert Peston, Jon Snow, Fern Britton and Sir Trevor McDonald.
“All our speakers have given up their free time to join us in Birmingham for our fund-raising lunches,” said Derek Inman, chairman of the charity’s Midlands Branch. “We are very grateful to Nick for agreeing to speak this year so we can maintain our proud record of bringing top class celebrities to the city.”
“The lunches are attended by all the top media and business people in the region and provide major networking opportunities. They have also gained a reputation for being the most relaxed and enjoyable events in the Midlands. We know we will have another full house,” added Derek.
Individual tickets cost £50 and tables for 10 are priced at a discounted £475. “
For further information and bookings see www.journalistscharity.org.uk.
The Journalists’ Charity was originally created as the Newspaper Press Society in 1864. Charles Dickens was one of its founders and it has enjoyed royal patronage throughout in 152-year history. The Queen is its current Patron.
The charity provides financial help and advice help for journalists and their dependents in times of difficulty. It also runs its own care home and sheltered housing.