TV star Adrian Chiles made a round trip of more than 200 miles from London to Stourbridge and back in a day – to support a charity lunch in the area he says is a “huge part of my soul”.
The Hagley-born sports commentator and ex-Daybreak presenter attended the event, organised by Stourbridge-based QualitySolicitors Talbots, which raised around £7,000 for the Chris Westwood Charity for Children with Physical Disabilities.
“We were delighted Adrian agreed to attend the lunch – it really made it an extra special fundraising event for us,” said Martyn Morgan, senior partner with QualitySolicitors Talbots. “Adrian drove himself from London for the event – and went back the same day.
“This was after travelling with England the week before and was ahead of him commentating at a Premier League game the following day before flying out to Madrid for a Champions League game. You would have thought he might have taken a day off – but no, he really put himself out,” he added.
The lunch, at Brockencote Hall, Chaddesley Corbett, near Kidderminster, was attended by 65 people. Adrian said: “I’m asked to do a lot of things for charity. But because I live in London, most of the requests that I can actually comply with tend to be for London-based organisations or events.
“A huge part of my soul belongs to the Midlands though, and to the Stourbridge area in particular where I was lucky to have a problem-free, carefree, happy childhood.
“So I’m more than delighted to be able to support a charity that is helping children and young people in this area to cope better with their disabilities and live more fulfilled lives.”