A com­edy his char­ity re­mark­able

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News - - Yourviews - Norma Hornby MBE, FRSA Chair and man­ager of the Canal Boat Ad­ven­ture Project 1997- 2015, Appleton, War­ring­ton

spe­cial edi­tion of BBC Songs Of Praise, was in my opin­ion the high­light of the char­ity’s long his­tory.

Despite the fact that our pa­tron is still per­form­ing to packed houses across the length and breadth of the coun­try, he al­ways man­aged to ar­rive in Run­corn when he was needed.

Be­tween 2010 and 2014 dif­fer­ent groups of young peo­ple at­tracted 19 pres­ti­gious na­tional and re­gional award for their vol­un­teer­ing and for their achieve­ments against all odds.

Ken Dodd took a real and a gen­uine in­ter­est in their lives and achieve­ments and he al­ways in­spired and en­cour­aged each young per­son to go the ex­tra mile to achieve their dreams.

I be­lieve that this is quite unique and the fact that Ken him­self was awarded two hon­orary doc­tor­ates dur­ing the past few years mo­ti­vated young peo­ple to strive harder to achieve their aca­demic po­ten­tial.

His at­ten­dance at any event in Run­corn at­tracted huge crowds.

Hav­ing worked along­side Ken Dodd for 38 years I can state with con­fi­dence that he has been an ex­cep­tion­ally kind, sup­port­ive and gen­er­ous pa­tron, for him to give un­stint­ingly of his time in par­tic­u­lar, given his hec­tic lifestyle, has made such a dif­fer­ence to young peo­ple’s lives.

The fact that he has never sought pub­lic­ity for his work with the Canal Boat Ad­ven­ture Project as well as his com­mit­ment to oth­ers or­gan­i­sa­tions makes him a real hero.

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