Published Friday, 14 March 2014
We had such great guests last week Jimmy Nesbitt, Kian Egan, heading the lineup and the atmosphere in the studio was buzzing. We were joined by the amazing Hannah Nelson, the Methody schoolgirl who gave that inspirational speech during the Obama visit for the G8 last summer.
However it was also an emotional edition of programme as we were talking about an issue very close to my heart, dementia. I lost my dad to the brain disease in October and it has left such a huge void in my family's life. I was delighted therefore to be involved in a huge benefit event at Titanic Belfast following last Friday's show organised by the most lovely family, the Duffys from Magherafelt.
The four daughters and their mum Janette lost their father Patsy to early onset dementia two years ago at the ridiculously young age of 57. Following Patsy's death the girls threw themselves into fundraising to raise awareness and much needed funds for research to try and find and cure. With the help of Jimmy whose late mother also had Alzheimer's we presented a surprise studio People Like You award to the Duffy's who I can tell you smashed their target of £50,000 - the most ever raised for Alzheimer's in any single event in Northern Ireland.
Tonight however it's onto a whole different programme to start your St Patrick's weekend, and an "interesting" lineup tonight. Three people who've never been in the same room at the same time before I would imagine. Alex Reid (cagefighter and Katie Price's ex - although he hates being called that) has flown in to talk about his work training kids in mixed martial arts. He's joined by the author of the very funny but very naughty Fifty Shades of Red White and Blue, Leesa Harker. Leesa's the lady who introduced us to the "delightful" Maggie Muff and Big Sally Ann - say no more, apart from it's pure filth but hugely successful pure filth. We've also got knock out People Like You - for a rough diamond from East Belfast.
Finally to round off the show the hypnotic voice of Eddi Reader. She's come a very long way since the success of Fairground Attraction - she's got a new album out, Vagabond, and is touring NI from the 3rd of April. A perfect lady!
See you at 8pm! (Think I've overdone the fake tan tonight!)
Oh! And in case you missed it last week, here's that fab selfie again.
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