Sir Bruce Forsyth, veteran entertainer and star of British TV, dies aged 89

Sir Bruce Joseph Forsyth-Johnson CBE entertainer whose career spanned more than 75 years. In 2012, Guinness World Records recognised Forsyth as having the longest television career for a male entertainer.

His family owned a car repair garage in Victoria Road, Edmonton, and as members of the Salvation Army his parents played brass instruments and his mother was a singer. His great-grandfather Joseph Forsyth Johnson (1840–1906) His great-great-great-great-grandfather William Forsyth (1737–1804) was a founder of the Royal Horticultural Society and the namesake of the plant genus Forsythia.

In January 1968 Pye Records issued as a single “I’m Backing Britain”, supporting the campaign of the same name, written by Tony Hatch and Jackie Trent, and sung by Forsyth. The chorus included “The feeling is growing, so let’s keep it going, the good times are blowing our way”. All involved in making the single took cuts in their fees or royalties so that the single sold for 5s. instead of the going rate of 7s. 4½d. Forsyth happily endorsed the campaign, saying “The country has always done its best when it is up against the wall. If everyone realises what we are up against we can get out of trouble easily.” However, the song did not make the charts, it sold only 7,319 copies.

Forsyth celebrated his 70th birthday in 1998 and appeared in a week-long run of his one-man show at the London Palladium, culminating in a 90-minute edition of Sunday Night at the London Palladium live on ITV. In 2011 Forsyth released a collection of songs on CD called These Are My Favourites. He chose the songs for their personal and musical importance, including a duet with his granddaughter, Sophie Purdie. These Are My Favourites also includes a recording of Paper Moon with Nat ‘King’ Cole.

Forsyth was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1998 and Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2006 New Year Honours. In December 2007, Forsyth’s catchphrase, “Nice to see you, to see you, nice”, was voted the most popular UK catchphrase by the British public. On 24 February 2008, the BBC featured an 85-minute programme, celebrating his 80th birthday, entitled Happy Birthday Brucie!

In 2008, Forsyth was made a Fellow of BAFTA. In 2009, he was awarded the Theatre Performer’s Award at the annual Carl Alan Awards. Hosted by the International Dance Teachers’ Association, the awards are voted for by the leading dance organisations in the United Kingdom and recognise those who have made an exceptional contribution to the world of dance and theatre. He received a Royal Television Society Lifetime Achievement Award on 17 March 2009. On 26 January 2011 he received the National Television Awards special recognition award.

Forsyth was made a Knight Bachelor in the 2011 Birthday Honours for services to entertainment and charity. This followed a years-long public campaign to award him a knighthood. His investiture, by the Queen, took place on 12 October 2011 and he became Sir Bruce Forsyth CBE.

In July 2012, Forsyth was given the honour of carrying the Olympic flame through London, as it finally reached the city on the penultimate day of the London 2012 Torch Relay. Forsyth also appeared at the 2013 Glastonbury Festival on the Avalon stage, becoming the oldest performer to ever play at the festival.

Bruce was a very much loved man not just by his family and friends but by his fans too. Having a big heart of Gold and a love for life. He was an supporter and ambassador for the children’s charity Caudwell Children, regularly appearing at many of their fund raising events.

On 8 October 2015 Forsyth was rushed to hospital after falling at his home, tripping over a rug and hitting his head. He suffered cuts and a minor concussion but was otherwise unhurt. On 12 November he underwent surgery for an abdominal aortic aneurysm, but was expected to make a speedy recovery. As a result of his surgery, Forsyth had to pull out of his expected hosting of the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special. A spokesman said that he was unable to host the show but would still play a part in the production, recording a special video message. His most recent TV appearance was on the Strictly Children in Need Special in November 2015.

On 21 February 2016 it was reported that Forsyth was recovering after undergoing “life-saving surgery”. He paid tribute in a telephone interview on BBC News to his long-time friend Ronnie Corbett on the day of his death (31 March 2016), but was too frail to attend his funeral on 16 April.

On 26 February 2017, Forsyth was rushed to hospital with a severe chest infection and spent five days in intensive care. He returned home on 3 March 2017. In August 2017, his friend Jimmy Tarbuck said he was frail and unlikely to perform again.

On 18 August 2017, Forsyth died at his home, aged 89. He is survived by his wife and children. Loved by the world will be forever missed. RIP Bruce Forsyth

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Merane Running #GreatNorthRun in aid of @NatTremor #Charity

The Great North Run is the largest half marathon in the world, taking place annually in North East England each September. Participants run between Newcastle upon Tyne and South Shields. The run was devised by former Olympic 10,000 m bronze medallist and BBC Sport commentator Brendan Foster.  The first Great North Run was staged on 28 June 1981, when 12,000 runners participated.

By 2011, the number of participants had risen to 54,000. For the first year it was advertised as a local fun run; nearly thirty years on it has become one of the biggest running events in the world, and the biggest in the UK. Only the Great Manchester Run and London Marathon come close to attracting similar numbers of athletes each year.

Merane Todd will be taking part in the Great North Run half marathon on behalf of the The National Tremor Foundation (or NTF as they are known)

Essential tremor is considered the most common neurologic movement disorder, that is 20 times more prevalent than Parkinson’s disease. It’s a chronic condition characterized by involuntary, rhythmic tremor of a body part, most typically the hands and arms.

Essential tremor is considered a slowly progressive disorder and, in some people, may eventually involve the head, voice, tongue (with associated dysarthria), legs, and trunk. However, in many people, the disorder may be relatively non-progressive. The tremor may be mild throughout life.

Each year the NTF holds an annual conference, subsidised by the NTF providing members and friends with the opportunity of not only meeting and spending some time together but also asking a panel of experts’ questions that help with improving quality of life.

Merane says:

I was diagnosed with Essential Tremor about six years ago.  I use my love of running to manage my symptoms.  This year I am taking part in my 11th GNR. I say taking part as I have yet to run all the way all the way around the course.

Please join me on my journey as I raise awareness of Essential Tremor through my training and the big event on the 10th September. Thank you for your donation.

Through Virgin Money Giving, you can sponsor Merane and donations will be quickly processed and passed to charities. Virgin Money Giving is a not for profit organisation and will claim gift aid on a charity’s behalf if you are eligible for this. You can donate to Merane Charity Page HERE


New Business Women @LillyDillys Fundraising for Sara’s Hope Foundation #charity

Louise Hickman is a busy new business women with big Heart of Gold. ‘Lilly Dilly’s’ opens for business August 17th. Bespoke accessories for special occasions with each item designed and created to your requirements.  Louise is passionate about artistic creativity and freedom of choice.  Away from her creative talents Louise is raising awareness as ambassador for a Charity very close to her Heart, the Sara’s Hope Foundation.

Louise first got involved with Saras Hope Foundation when her little girl Lily visited the retreat in 2015.  Louise has organised some fantastic events for Saras Hope Foundation in her local area, from family fun days to a charity football event Louise has raised thousands for their charity and has done an amazing job in spreading the charities work in her local area too.

Louise told us:

Sara’s Hope Foundation are currently trying to raise the profile of the charity to raise funds for a purpose-built villa in crete for children with Cancer so I am trying to do all I can to help them as it’s my way of saying Thankyou. My daughter was diagnosed at 18 months and the charity helped us tremendously.

Inspired by the remarkable Sara Hoburn who tragically passed away at just 16 in 2001 after a two year battle with a rare and aggressive form of colon cancer.  Saras Hope Foundation now run a holiday retreat in the idyllic island of Crete offering respite for children and young people with cancer and their families.

The importance of rebuilding family relationships after being effected by cancer is something Sara’s parents Ged and Julie know all too well.  After Saras treatment the family were able to go on a holiday as a family to reprieve all of the stress and worry they had endured.  After Sara passed away in 2001 aged only 16 her parents dedicated themselves to set the charity up in her memory.

The Foundation’s overall mission is to give families from the UK, affected by the devastating impact of cancer, a much-needed break so they may spend quality time together, strengthening relationships and creating happy lasting memories. A week away from hospital appointments and having the chance to relax and spend time as a ‘normal’ family after diagnosis, has proved to make a significant difference to the lives of the families that have visited Saras Retreat

In many cases the surgery and treatment can leave the child / teenager with life changing additional medical problems such as severe learning and physical disabilities (including loss of limbs), problems with hearing, memory loss and mobility.  It can also leave psychological problems, lack of confidence and low self-esteem.

There are a number of simple ways that you can help us raise money (and some of them are free!) For a Fundraising Pack and details of how your company/school/club can get involved – Please contact Carol on 0191 2236789 or email:

You can find out about Louise new business Lilly Dilly’s HERE



Police Officer @rpuAFO Raising awareness for @UK_COPS #charity

A Police Officer on Twitter was challenged to gain 100,000 followers in an aim to raise awareness for UK Cops Charity.

The un named officer told us:

The whole charity challenge came about when someone said, “if you get 1,000” I’ll give £50 to a charity of your choice. Well I got 1,000 and low and behold they paid up, then 3 or 4 said, if you get to 10,000 I’ll pay X,Y and Z. Upon which others jumped on board, that raised £160.

Whilst the numbers were increasing I had a few others, state “If you get 100,000 I’ll give a donation. So, now I’m here trying to get the 100,000. If I get there, I have (so far) a total of £365 pledged plus I’m going to put £50 in to the pot too. It’s not a lot, I’m hoping it’ll increase,

I’m not asking people to put money in, that wouldn’t generate interest, but as people come along and want to put something in then I’m letting them do just that. I’d like to think at the end of this I’ll be somewhere near £1,000, it’ll hopefully help someone out.

Care of Police Survivors (otherwise known as COPS) is a UK registered charity dedicated to helping the families of police officers who have lost their lives whilst on duty. We aim to ensure that survivors have all the help they need to cope with such a tragedy, and that they remain part of the police family as they rebuild their lives.

COPS is independent of the police service and was founded in March 2003 by Jim McNulty and Christine Fulton (MBE). Jim was a retired police officer from Strathclyde Police. Christine is the widow of PC Lewis Fulton who was murdered on duty in Glasgow in 1994.

Christine’s experience of that tragedy gave her a unique understanding of the overwhelming grief and confusion that is encountered by new survivors.

You can make a donation to COPS HERE

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