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The Television and Radio Industries Club honour SOS Children

Meryl Davies, SOS Children Fundraising Director (left) at the TRIC lunch
Meryl Davies, SOS Children Fundraising Director (left) at the TRIC lunch

SOS Children have been chosen as one of the Television and Radio Industries Club (TRIC) charities at their annual lunch. The award of £5,000 was presented by Eamonn Holmes and recognises our work helping vulnerable children around the world.

The Television and Radio Industries Club was established in 1931 with the aim "to promote mutual understanding and good will amongst those engaged in the audio, visual, communication and allied industries." TRIC have a track record of charitable support, and every year, the President and the Chairman of the Club nominate charities to receive the prestigious award and prize.

This year, the Chairman of the Club Nick Gregory chose to support SOS Children at the lunch, which took place at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London on 21 June. Eamonn Holmes, the 2011/12 President of TRIC and the recipient of many TRIC awards himself, presented the award to Meryl Davies, the Director of Fundraising at SOS Children UK (photo above, far left). Meryl accepted the cheque on the charity’s behalf and spoke about the difficult conditions millions of children grow up in around the world. She highlighted the difference people and companies which are part TRIC make to the work which the charity does by raising awareness of the plight of children at risk. The charity can then focus on talking about its solutions. Meryl  thanked the Club for their contribution, which will enable more children to grow up in a loving home.

Meryl’s guest at the event was the award-winning writer Stella Duffy, an SOS Children ambassador and long-term supporter of the charity. Stella said: “I’m delighted to support SOS and am particularly impressed with the family-centred ethos, the desire to help families and siblings stay together and, when that is not possible, to provide children with as close to a family life as can be achieved, within their own communities. “

Other guests at the event included former Spandau Ballet star Tony Hadley, actor/comedian Tom O’Connor and numerous representatives from the television and radio industries. Eamonn Holmes handed over his Presidency position to comedian Jon Culshaw at the lunch, who entertained guests with impressions including Gordon Brown, Tony Blair, George Bush and David Beckham.

SOS Children is grateful for TRIC’s support and is looking forward to continuing to work with the Club for the remainder of Nick's Chairmanship.