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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.