A day of festive fun – and work

imageI have one humdinger of a day. Firstly,image I shall be wearing my Headway hat today as I join its Cambridgeshire members as a helper in my role as trustee on their annual panto trip to The Arts Theatre, Cambridge to see Cinderella.

Headway is particularly thrilled and excited that Time Lord Dr Who, played by David Tennant who is Patron of Headway Essex, will be making a BBC Christmas appeal on their behalf.

Does celebrity endorsement work? Almost certainly if it is genuine and expressed with true conviction. Like David Tennant puts it across. The appeal tells the true story of Robert, a young man who was involved in a road traffic accident at just 17 years of age. He suffered severe head injuries and was in a coma for three weeks. Prior to the accident, Robert was on the verge of taking his place at Oxford University and had a scholarship to become a pilot in the RAF. The accident changed all that. Like many members of Headway, Robert had to accept his future was now very different.

The appeal will be broadcast on Radio 4 on Sunday, 23 December 2007 at 7.55 am and 9.26 pm and repeated on Thursday 27, December at 3.27 pm. Do be sure to listen in.

I shall be doing my proud mum bit in the evening when my son James sings with his school choir at their Christmas Carol Concert in Ely Cathedral. The Octagon Tower is very beautiful and I consider myself so very lucky to have this wonderful, ecclesiastical building on my doorstep, and to imagine James singing just beneath it is something special to look forward to all day.

In between these festivities, I shall also be working, I will be visiting the National Institute of Agricultural Botany in Cambridge who I am working for in a freelance capacity and have secured some fantastic media coverage, including an interview with the Sunday Telegraph next month. They are working on so many very interesting, cutting edge projects, I find their projects totally fascinating. I will tell you more about them later.


  1. Ellee, do you realise that two of the pictures at the top are not actually “robins”?

  2. All the best with all the projects, Ellee.

  3. Oooh, I saw my very first live ballet in the Cambridage Arts Theatre – it was Les Sylphides danced by Ballet Rambert.

  4. A very worthy venture, with excellent endorsement.

  5. Was great to see you at the week-end..
    sorry you burnt your veg….. we chatted so much we forgot about them 🙂
    Hope your busy day went well and your now relaxing in front of your fire with a nice glass of wine…

  6. Ely Cathedral is beautiful, I’m a tad envious 🙂

  7. Sounds a great day, Ellee – look forward to hearing all about it. And I think celebrity endorsements do work – certainly from D Tennant!

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