Celebrity lunch hosted by Journalists’ Charity

Jon Snow presents Chris Boffey - the winning auction bidder of Tourism Ireland's luxury Irish break - with his prize

Jon Snow presents Chris Boffey – the winning auction bidder of Tourism Ireland’s luxury Irish break – with his prize

Broadcaster Jon Snow was the special guest at the Journalists’ Charity’s Annual Celebrity Lunch held at Villa Park on Friday March 28.

More than 250 people from the Midlands media world and the wider business community attended the annual fundraising event, which was held in the Holte Suite.

Mr Snow took part in a Q&A with BBC Midlands Today’s Nick Owen and regaled guests with tales from his lengthy and varied broadcasting career.

They included his recent visit to Greenland in the company of the Danish Prime Minister and the hurdles and difficulties he had to overcome when trying to interview the late Margaret Thatcher.

Speaking about the important role of journalists in a fast-changing media landscape the Channel 4 News anchorman said: “We want to break the bad and build the good.

“We don’t do enough of building the good but we do a lot of breaking the bad, which is a good thing.”

He added that he felt he became better as a journalist the older he got and confessed that not being particularly interested in football was a bonus when he interviewed Sir Alex Ferguson.

“It was a tremendous blessing not to be a football person,” he said. “It didn’t matter that I would never speak to him again.”

Master of ceremonies for the afternoon was Central Television’s Bob Warman.

The event raised thousands of pounds for the Journalists’ Charity, which this year celebrates its 150th anniversary. It is hoped the final total raised from the event will be in the region of £12,000.

Guests also enjoyed the chance to win a host of raffle prizes and bid for sought-after auction lots courtesy of United Airlines, Hilton Worldwide, Flybe and Tourism Ireland.

The top auction prize was two business class flights to New York and a three-night stay at the Waldorf Astoria but Tourism Ireland’s prize of a luxury short break to Ireland also attracted keen interest.

The main sponsors of this year’s event were law firm Irwin Mitchell while the airline Flybe sponsored the reception.