Tim Healy and his wife Denise Welch are Celebrity Patrons for Children North East and are especially interested in the WEYES campaign.
Tim grew up in Benwell not far from WEYES. He says he would not be where he is today were it not for the love, care and support of his parents. He can see how important a place like WEYES is for young people who do not have supportive families. Denise is passionate about helping young people. She says it is easy for people to want to give money to help young, sick or disabled children but young people also need our help too.
Last week Denise visited WEYES and some other Children North East projects. Like Tim before her she was moved by the stories of the people she met there and wants to do anything she can to help. Not just for publicity but directly for some of the young people themselves.
So look out for a big article in the local press soon about Tim and Denise's support for WEYES. We would like to have a banner on the building with a picture of them both saying something like 'We support WEYES, why don't you'. Then there is the possibility of an 'Auf Wiedersehen Pet' reunion on the building site at the WEYES - what a photo shoot that would be! And much more to come.
While we are on the subject of celebrities - a little bird told me Dolly Parton supports Children North East too! International fame indeed!