Milton Jones – “The weird bloke with the shirts from Mock The Week”
Earlier this week I traveled to the BBC Radio 4 studios in London to offer my support for a charity appeal on behalf of Chance For Childhood. I’m a supporter, donor and fundraiser for Chance For Childhood (formerly known as Jubilee Action) and I’ve been passionate about doing all I can to help ever since I visited Rwanda in 2013 and got to see first-hand all the fantastic work that the charity undertakes to help children rebuild their lives having had their childhoods blighted by violence and poverty.
Comedian Milton Jones is a patron for Chance For Childhood and it was fantastic to spend some time with him and the Executive Director of the charity, Anna-mai Estrella at BBC Studios in London. My role was to photograph Milton as he recorded a charity appeal which will be broadcast by BBC Radio 4 this coming October; the photos will be used by the charity for their website and promotional material as well as helping to raise awareness on social media. Below are a few images from the recording session.
After the recording was completed, Anna-mai and myself went for a drink with Milton near to the BBC studios. Milton is a lovely chap and his dedication to the patron role he holds with the charity is so evident. He visited Uganda himself earlier this year and having had an insight into the situation with his own eyes, he is keen to do all he can to assist. You can read about Milton’s time in Patongo, northern Uganda here.
Before heading back to Manchester I asked Milton if I could get some shots of him outside the iconic BBC signage. The BBC are renowned (and generally trusted) throughout the world and having some shots of one of their patrons at the studios will be great publicity for Chance For Childhood. Anything we can do to raise awareness!
I’d like to thank Anna-mai Estrella and Milton Jones for allowing me to be involved in this project. I hope my photographs will help with promotion and awareness. Also, I must thank the staff at BBC Radio 4 for being so welcoming on the day.
If you’d like to make a monetary donation to Chance For Childhood you can do so by visiting their ‘donate’ page. To give you some context, and to help you appreciate that no amount is too small, here are some of the ways your kind donations can help:
- £1.50 a month can supply a child-headed household with 6 chickens and cover treatment costs.
- £4.50 a month can provide seeds and tools for a child-headed household to grow vegetables.
- £7 can provide comprehensive health check-up for one street child.
- £7.50 a month can supply a child-headed household with 6 goats and cover treatment costs.
- £8.50 can supply mosquito nets, bed sheets and blankets to provide emergency shelter for a street child.
- £14 could pay for 3 days of vital outreach work to identify and refer children with disabilities to school.
Thank you as ever for your continued support
Steve Grogan waived his fee for this project so that more money can be invested towards the causes in Rwanda and Uganda.