A man who has raised over £1 million for the NSPCC by climbing Mount Everest six times led an emotional event raising funds for the charity’s vital work in Nottingham.
A dinner at Norwood Park was held on Saturday and was the first major event of the NSPCC’s Diamond Appeal celebrating Jenny Farr MBE’s 60th anniversary of volunteering for the charity.
David Tait MBE paid tribute to the incredible work Jenny has carried out during her six decades of fundraising, which has seen over £10 million raised for the NSPCC in Nottingham.
David, whose life story has been turned into a film starring Anna Friel and Dougray Scott being released later this year, spoke openly about the sexual abuse he suffered as a child and how he overcame such adversity in adulthood.
He was awarded an MBE by the Queen in 2010 for his services to the NSPCC and, with 30 years’ experience in the financial services industry, is due to take on the role as global CEO of the World Gold Council later this month.
Pupils from Nottingham High School opened the event with some singing before David addressed the room, which was packed with volunteers, friends and business supporters of the charity.
Speaking after the event, Jenny Farr MBE said: “It was a fantastic event and I am so grateful to David for supporting the appeal in this way.
“The work being done at our service centre is so important to children in Nottingham. It is vital we protect them and ensure that children can grow up free from cruelty and abuse.
“It’s not just about how much money we raise – it’s what it makes possible.”
David Tait MBE added: “I wish there had been a Jenny Farr in my early life.
“My teenage years were an agony as I tried to understand quite what had happened to me and cope with a deep self-loathing and disgust.
“She has provided damaged children the opportunity to choose to live again and not just default into the abyss of despair.”