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Peter An­dre paid thou­sands for char­ity busk

Irish Sunday Mirror - - NEWS - EX­CLU­SIVE BY HALINA WATTS Show­biz Ed­i­tor AND NICOLA FI­FIELD

Should celebs be paid for char­ity work?

I bet it made you feel good, help­ing those who are less for­tu­nate than you MAR­GARET APAP FAN WHO MES­SAGED PETER AN­DRE

IN an ideal world, would ev­ery celebrity do­nate their fee for a char­ity cam­paign to char­ity? Yes they would.

But of­ten celebri­ties won’t do some­thing with­out get­ting paid be­cause it takes a lot of their time and en­ergy.

And if I were Peter An­dre and a com­pany ap­proached me and said they will give me money to busk on the streets for char­ity, I’d say: “Yes, sure”.

It’s prob­a­bly all ne­go­ti­ated through his agent any­way.

But we also must re­mem­ber that a lot of these char­ity

cam­paigns that in­volve celebri­ties are not just good for the char­ity, they are also very good for the celebrity be­cause it can raise their pro­file.

Take Live Aid, for ex­am­ple. Please don’t tell me that the celebri­ties who took part in that were be­ing com­pletely al­tru­is­tic by be­ing seen on live TV rais­ing money for char­ity for free be­cause they were also do­ing very well out of it them­selves. PER­SON­ALLY I’d never take a fee to do char­ity work and most celebri­ties I know wouldn’t ei­ther.

You do it be­cause you want to help that char­ity. If you are a re­ally high pro­file celebrity who earns a lot of money, even ask­ing for ex­penses doesn’t seem right.

How­ever, in my po­si­tion, where I don’t have a lot of money, I can’t af­ford to do any­thing that will put me out of pocket.

That’s why I will be re­turn­ing to pan­tomime this Christ­mas, as the Wicked Queen in Snow White! Ear­lier this year I was

asked to at­tend a char­ity event in Torquay, which I would have been de­lighted to do, but I couldn’t af­ford the ex­penses and had to tell them I couldn’t do it.

They came back and said they’d pay for my travel and ho­tel, but that didn’t feel right to me, as I would have been tak­ing money out of the char­ity.

So I sug­gested they find a lo­cal celebrity and that’s what they did. PETER An­dre was paid thou­sands to busk for 15 min­utes in a char­ity fundraiser that raised just €295.

The for­mer I’m A Celeb star won wide praise for “tak­ing time out” to per­form hits such as Mys­te­ri­ous Girl for Shel­ter.

But we can re­veal the singer was paid an eye­wa­ter­ing sum by a build­ing so­ci­ety for the pop-up gig on the streets of Lon­don last month.

He has since claimed that nine days af­ter the per­for­mance he vol­un­tar­ily gave a “sub­stan­tial” amount to Shel­ter, which is fight­ing soar­ing home­less­ness on our streets.

Af­ter the gig An­dre, 44, a for­mer hus­band of Katie Price, tweeted: “Ab­so­lutely brill busk­ing in Lon­don for @shel­ter in sup­port of the home­less.” Fans hailed the star a hero call­ing him “so lovely and kind”.

Mar­garet Apap said: “What a truly won­der­ful thing to do, I bet it made you feel good, help­ing oth­ers that are less for­tu­nate than you.”

Karen Mozart added: “It only takes one per­son to make a change.”

Two weeks later An­dre tweeted again about the event but said he had been work­ing with Na­tion­wide, which was cam­paign­ing to get peo­ple to give via mo­biles and debit cards.

The €295 col­lected was from elec­tronic do­na­tions and by Na­tion­wide staff at the gig wear­ing T-shirts show­ing a Shel­ter logo and a smaller ref­er­ence to the build­ing so­ci­ety.

An­dre’s per­for­mance will reignite the de­bate over whether stars should be paid large sums for char­ity work. Last year there was out­rage when it emerged celebs are paid to ap­pear on char­ity edi­tions of pop­u­lar TV quiz shows such as Point­less and The Chase. Some­times they take home more than they raise for their

cho­sen good cause.

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In 2015 it emerged Made In Chelsea star Alexan­dra “Binky” Fel­stead was paid €3,300 to front a cam­paign for kids’ char­ity Barnardo’s. She later made it clear she was yet to be paid and asked the char­ity to keep the money.

In a video re­leased two weeks af­ter the event, An­dre said: “By do­ing a se­cret gig on the streets like this and us­ing mo­bile pay­ments to make it quick and easy for peo­ple to do­nate, we man­aged to raise hun­dreds of pounds from peo­ple’s kind do­na­tions in a mat­ter of min­utes.”

Last night his rep­re­sen­ta­tives tried to play down his pay­ment for the home­less char­ity event. They said he had given to Shel­ter and “he sup­ports six or seven cho­sen char­i­ties and does ev­ery­thing for them free of charge ev­ery year.”

They added: “It’s a shame that a paper doesn’t pick up on any of the things he does com­pletely free and gives so much time to help­ing peo­ple.”

Na­tion­wide said: “As part of our wider pro­mo­tion of Sam­sung Pay, the lat­est smart­phone pay­ment ser­vice, we demon­strated how cus­tomers could trans­act us­ing their hand­sets rather than cash.

“Re­search we con­ducted showed that peo­ple would give twice as much to char­ity if they used mo­bile pay­ments.

“We teamed up with Peter An­dre as a spokesper­son for this cam­paign.”

Shel­ter said it paid no money to the star and was grate­ful for the do­na­tion.

halina.watts@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

GIG ECON­OMY An­dre keep­ing it real by sing­ing at a pop-up per­for­mance in North Lon­don

NO BY ANNE NOLAN, SINGER AND TV PRE­SEN­TER

YES BY JOE SAXTON, FOUNDER OF CON­SUL­TANCY NFPSYNERGY

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