Staff and young people at local charity, the Chiltern Centre, were left shocked and delighted yesterday morning with the surprise news of a £20,000 donation from their Patron Phillip Schofield. Phillip was interviewing Chris Evans on This Morning about his family event, Carfest – the UK’s biggest fundraising festival when Mr Evans surprised presenters Holly Willoughby and Mr Schofield with the news that he had two £20,000 cheques left from the funds raised at Carfest which he would like to give to each of their nominated charities. The Chiltern Centre was Phillip’s chosen charity.
Paul Barrett, Chair of the Chiltern Centre said, “We have been so lucky over the years to have the unwavering support of Philip Schofield who has attended our events, supported our fundraising and been a fantastic Patron to the charity. We have been quite overwhelmed by this wonderful news and are deeply grateful to Phillip for thinking of us. As a small charity this £20,000 represents one tenth of the funds we require each year to keep our doors open, and will help us to continue to empower young people with disabilities to live life to the full. We would like to thank Philip for this extraordinary gesture as well as Chris Evans and, of course all those who were involved in Carfest, raising such a phenomenal amount of money for charities around the UK.”
Phillip Schofield commented on instagram, where he has a following of 2.6milion – “Thank you #chrisevans & @carfestevent for the 20k you have so generously donated to @chilterncentre today on @thismorning. What a wonderful surprise for me, but more importantly, them. They are ecstatic. And congratulations on the 16.5m you have so far raised for charity. Good luck with #carfest2020.”