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

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



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Terminally-ill cancer sufferer draws up bucket list

Please help: Daughters Kaisey and Willow hold a campaign sign supporting a plea for 100,000 signatures on a petition that has triggered a debate in Parliament for their mother (Image: M and Y News Agency)

Jemma was expecting her second child when she was diagnosed with GIST – a rare form of cancer, she needed ten blood transfusions and nearly died. Jemma suffers from a rare form of stomach cancer and is currently taking three drugs to try to prolong her life. She is constantly on chemotherapy drugs, from which she has to have regular breaks, due to the toll it takes on her body.

A gastrointestinal stromal tumour (GIST) is a type of soft tissue sarcoma that develops in the digestive tract. The digestive tract is the hollow tube that runs from the gullet (oesophagus) to the anus (back passage). Most GISTs begin in the stomach or small bowel, but they can develop anywhere along the digestive tract. Research into treatments for GIST is ongoing and advances are being made

The third and most effective drug – regorafenib – costs the NHS around £1,000 a week to provide and has been removed from the health service’s approved list of treatments, yet despite tirelessly trying to campaigned to get the drug successfully reinstated, this hasn’t stopped Jemma, a very remarkable person develop her own bucket list.

Dawn Chandler told Charity UK News:

I am trying to help my niece get some quality time with her kids. Her options in medication are limited, which is why i wanted to do the crowd-funding page for her, because she doesn’t know how much time she has, so is really wanting to do memorable things with her two young girls and hubby. The girls know mummy is not well, but that’s all. It’s very sad.

Jemma who lives with her husband Tony and daughters Kacie and Willow in West Sussex writes about her battle with the NHS on her blog – Kiss For GIST Jemma Peacock

Jemma told The Daily Mail:

The cancer that I have is extremely rare and the research into it is limited so it angers me that they are removing a drug that has been proven to work. I am lucky that I have managed to spend 14 months on the first drug, Imatinib, in the series but I know that it will soon have no effect on my body.

The second drug, Sutan, is not very effective and I know that when I have to be put on it I will have minimal time left. The final drug is the most effective and it is heart breaking they have removed it from the treatment list

Despite feeling poorly a lot of the time, Jemma is determined to do memorable things with her family that they will remember in the future. Jemma has also donated her hair for the Little Princess Trust, for children that have lost their hair through chemotherapy, raised money for the charity.
Dawn added:
Jemma lost her dad to cancer, and so did i, and It seems these days that most families are going to know a family member affected by cancer. Jemma is only 33. I hope her bucket list will go a little way towards lifting their spirits through the tough times.
To donate to Jemma’s Crowdfunding bucket list and read Jemma’s heartbreaking story told by Dawn Chandler – This is me helping in a practical way.


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Just because you may not see them, it doesn’t mean they’re not there.


#bbcpay Scrap TV License Fee Let Advertising Pay Your Wage

The BBC has, for the first time, published salaries of its highest paid stars – with all those earning £150,000 or more included.

The salaries are grouped into categories of £50,000 and are for the financial year 2016-17, where they came directly from the licence fee. Under new government rules, the BBC has been forced to release a report that highlights the presenters and actors who earn over £150,000. After a lot of anticipation for the report, the statistics it revealed attracted widespread criticism for the corporation.

My attitude to BBCPay – they can pay what they like, but prehaps its time they introduced advertising between programmes like the other channels do and scrap the TV License fee, after all we have no choice but to pay it if we want to switch the TV on, despite many watch Sky or the NOW box and probably don,t even watch any BBC shows.

Many are on min pay or even less so its annoying when the £1.8 Million a year BBCPay isn’t enough folk like Gary Lineker avoids paying his tax.

The real talent in this country are inspirational firefighters, teachers & nurses not TV Presenters.

The music station has the highest BBC earner among its presenters in Chris Evans and Steve Wright, who is also in the top 14 highest-paid stars. CHRIS EVANS
Pay bracket: £2,200,000 – £2,249,999

Finally, remember BBC also broadcast charity events – so not only are you paying for your TV License to watch Specific fundraising initiatives such as BBC Children in Need Appeal Night, Red Nose Day and Sport Relief with Comic Relief, the annual St Martin-in-the-Fields Christmas Appeal.

The over paid presenters encourage members of the public to give to charitable causes, to give charities the opportunity to raise money and raise public awareness about their work,  as we the underpaid TV Licence payer is also phoning or texting donations in or fundraising to help – because we care and have a heart of gold.

‘It’s amazing what £3.2 billion of licence fee can uncover.’

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