Posted: 22 July 2014

Bill Bailey, Alain de Botton, Rankin and Cliff Richard support Big Summer DO

We're fortunate to have several celebrities supporting our Big Summer DO this summer. Earlier in the month, Jo Joyner wrote a piece about her support. This week, four more celebrities share their thoughts and special childhood memories.


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Help bring back childhood this summer

Childhood memories are at the heart of Big Summer DO, our campaign to encourage people across the country to get together with loved ones and have some summer fun, while at the same time helping raise funds.

All money you raise goes to support our work with the country's most vulnerable children. Together, we can help these vulnerable children to make some good memories of their own this summer.

Enjoy summer memories and observations from Bill Bailey, Alain de Botton, Rankin and Cliff Richard.

Bill Bailey 

'Eating toffee apples on Weston Super-Mare beach in the rain, waiting for the tide to come in...'

Alain de Botton

'Most of our childhood is stored not in photos, but in certain biscuits, lights of day, smells, textures of carpet.'


'I remember playing curby, a ball game, with all the kids on my street. Cars would slow down for us and it wasn't dangerous at all. I really loved the freedom we had.'

Cliff Richard

For Cliff's recollection, it helps to know that his original name is Harry Webb.

It was Christmas and I was in India. Dad's office was throwing a party for the employees' kids and at one end of the room was a huge Christmas tree surrounded by loads of presents. One of them caught my eye - it was a bicycle, all wrapped up but you can't disguise a bicycle! And there, on a big label hanging from the handlebars, was my name - HARRY! (This was many years before I changed my name to Cliff!)

I couldn't hide my excitement and told my Dad. My dad's reply was devastating. 'How do you know it's yours?' he said. 'You're not the only boy here whose name is Harry.'

Later on all of us were seated around the tree as Father Christmas gave out the gifts. It seemed forever before he got to the bicycle. 'This is for Harry,' he said. Long pause. . . "Harry Webb!" My heart leapt. It was my best Christmas ever!'

By Matt Summers-Sparks - Digital team

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