Over the years I have been asked to help out with many different charities and I try and do as much as I can with the most impact not only to help raise the profile of the charity but to raise as much money as possible. It’s hard to believe but over the last two years, what with Marathons and surviving the jungle I have managed to raise over £150,000 for various charities. Rather than spreading myself too thinly I do have my favourite charities and always try to make the time in my life for them

The A Team! Andy Newton-Lee, Richard Dunwoody and Jamie Darling with Jayne, Marie and (need name, can’t remember it! ) Here we are after completing the Bupa Great North Run. I was running in memory of my grandad Sam who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s but sadly died unexpectedly in March this year. He was very special.

Experienced charity runner Nell, who has notched up several marathons and runs for good causes, says,

‘I was so pleased to hear that Bupa has chosen Alzheimer’s Society as their nominated charity for this year’s Bupa Great North Run. Our whole family have been devastated by grandad’s diagnosis so I’m delighted to be able to give my support. The money raised will improve the lives of people with dementia and their carers. I hope runners of all levels will join me on the run and raise vital funds’.

The annual Castle Howard NSPCC Christmas Fair offers a fantastic Christmas shopping experience in beautiful surroundings. It takes place on Friday 7 November inside this stunning house.

There will be over 50 stalls selling a wide range of gifts for adults and children including: toys, children’s books, jewellery, traditional Yorkshire food stalls, clothes, flowers and home accessories. The event attracts over 1,200 visitors and hopes to raise £35,000 for the NSPCC, who run vital services for children, young people and families across North Yorkshire and the UK.

The entrance fee is £6 per person (children under 13 go free) and includes admission to both the house and grounds at Castle Howard. The fair is open from 9.30am-3.30pm on Friday 7 November 2008.