BBC star gives in­sight into roy­als

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Helping Others -

An in­sight into the royal fam­ily will be on of­fer at a char­ity night in aid of Ash­ford’s Find a Voice (FAV).

Ni­cholas Witchell will share his per­spec­tive as the BBC’s royal correspondent in his talk at the Lit­tle Sil­ver Coun­try Ho­tel in Ash­ford Road, St Michaels, Ten­ter­den, on Fri­day, March 4.

Mr Witchell is pa­tron of FAV, which helps peo­ple with commu- nica­tion dif­fi­cul­ties.

His 40-year ca­reer has en­com­passed re­port­ing, read­ing the news and his present role.

Deb­bie Bur­den, gen­eral man­ager at FAV, said: “Ni­cholas has a wealth of ex­pe­ri­ence and sto­ries to tell; few peo­ple know he was of­fi­cially the first per­son to an­nounce the death of Diana, Princess of Wales.

“I am look­ing for­ward to hear- ing about his life ex­pe­ri­ences, es­pe­cially hav­ing met him and know­ing what a warm and in­ter­est­ing per­son he is.”

FAV pres­i­dent, Alas­tair Dutch, added: “Find A Voice is about help­ing peo­ple in Ash­ford and across Kent who strug­gle with speech and com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills.

“To have such a prom­i­nent broad­caster, an ex­em­plary com­mu­ni­ca­tor, sup­port­ing us gives real fo­cus to the work we do.

“And for Nick to give his time freely to do an ‘au­di­ence with’ evening gives a unique op­por­tu­nity for lo­cal peo­ple to meet him and hear his in­side story.”

Tick­ets for the talk, which takes place from 6pm to 8.30pm, cost £20 and are avail­able by call­ing 01233 640443 or email­ing ad­min@fin­d­avoice.co.uk

FAV will also be hold­ing its spring ball at Ash­ford In­ter­na­tional Ho­tel, Si­mone Weil Av­enue, star­ring Brit award-win­ner Bev­er­ley Craven on Satur­day, April 23, from 7pm to mid­night.

It in­cludes a three-course meal, drink on ar­rival and disco. Tick­ets cost £50 each, or £450 for a group of 10 peo­ple. Tick­ets from FAV on the con­tact de­tails above.

The char­ity is also look­ing for raf­fle prizes for both events.

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