Kate’s a natural in support of hospice youngsters

Popular broadcaster and writer Kate Humble was in Leicester to support Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People at a charity lunch in the city.

She attended the Rainbows Celebrity Annual Lunch as its guest speaker, where more than 350 people were entertained by anecdotes and stories from the earthy TV presenter at the Welford Road Stadium, home of the Leicester Tigers.

She said: “The staff at the Rainbows hospice work tirelessly to give help, support and relief to children with life-limiting conditions and their families. I feel privileged to have learnt more about this incredibly worthy charity – and I was at times moved to tears to hear stories of the families who receive support when they need it most.”

The broadcaster has become a household name for a clutch of nature-based programmes, including Springwatch and Autumnwatch.

Her most recent TV credits include Back to the Land, Arctic Live and Volcano Live. She has also featured on Lambing Live, Who Do You Think You Are? and Yellowstone: Wildest Winter to Blazing Summer.

And she has written for publications including The Telegraph, The Times, The Independent, Travel Africa and Wanderlust. She also has a regular column in the Saturday Telegraph about her farm.

Nancy Lillington, Rainbows Events Manager, said: “It was a wonderful event for us and we are very grateful to Kate, who was absolutely brilliant and generous in her support. She was very natural and candid about her life on and off camera.”

All proceeds from the Annual Lunch – in its 18th year – will help support youngsters with life-limiting conditions and their families. It was being hosted by BBC Radio Leicester presenter Dave Andrews.