Giving is receiving at Christmas


Miceal volunteeringWelcome to lucky 13 everyone! Well thats how I'm looking at it. It is so important to keep a positive attitude, especially at this time of year! Hope you all had a great Christmas and New Year. The tree has been taken down and the decorations are packed away and it all feels like it was a long time ago, but I feel thankful because I had such a great Xmas Day. How did you spend yours?

I was working Christmas Eve and Boxing Day and, as I did last year, I volunteered to spend all of Christmas Day working with the Rotary Club at Battersea Park helping with their annual Christmas Day for our senior citizens, and what an amazing day it was.

400 guest and volunteers!Amazing, not just, because they provide a whole day that starts with a drinks reception followed by Christmas Carols with a choir (which I had to get up and sing with due to a low turn out of choir members), 3 course dinner, dancing, bingo, and tea for 400 guests, but most amazing because I genuinely get so much out of it.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who helped to make it a memorable day: Battersea Park Rotary Club, all my fellow volunteers including helpers, carers, cooks, bus drivers et al. You are all amazing. I would also like to thank my colleagues at QVC, Mike Tremain and Charlotte Ager for organising some gifts for me to bring along on the day so they could be given out as bingo prizes etc.


Afternoon bingo!It is true what they say, giving feels good, and what better time of the year to embrace the spirit of giving than at Christmas. That said, there are always those who need our help throughout the year. So I am hoping that the spirit of giving and volunteering that made the UK shine so brightly last year with the London 2012 Olympics will remain alive and well in all of us, including me, this year and we remember to lend a helping hand where we can.

I wish you all a postive, prosperous and happy new year and would ask everyone to just take a moment every now and then during the year to remember that there are many people out there who need a helping hand. If you've never volunteered before I ask you to give it a go, what will amaze you is how helping someone else can give you so much more back than you ever think you are giving.

Miceal. x


  1. Susan January 10, 2013 at 6:07 pm -  Reply

    Hi lovely Miceal,
    How are you? Did you enjoy your Christmas and New Year? Althought I don’t comment much…as you’d be on here forever…I want to say I really enjoy watching you! You bring a smile to my face! You’re a wonderful man and inpiration with your zest for life and goodwill. I thought the photo of you with little Flynn was gorgeous too. You suited it yes! I also wondered how your Christmas cake turned out?! I am very impressed! I hope to make one next year.
    ‘See’ you soon,
    Susan x

  2. Susanne Fitzpatrick January 12, 2013 at 9:59 pm -  Reply

    What a selfless act and much appreciated, I’m sure. I also volunteer and it gladdens my heart, soul and spirit. When all around us are consumed by consumerism, fair play to you, Miceal. I wish you all that’s good for 2013 and richly deserved.

  3. Lyndsey January 14, 2013 at 4:10 pm -  Reply

    Well done you! Hope 2013 brings you everything you wish for. Love watching your shows, especially the Morning Show, it’s always such fun – but please can we have the Morning Show Competition back?!

  4. Miceal Murphy January 17, 2013 at 9:31 pm -  Reply

    Hey guys, thanks so much for the comments. You are very kind! Just to answer some of your questions:
    Susan, my Christmas Cake turned out great. So much so that when I had friends over I gave it to them and let them eat it and give me their opinion before I told them that it was not only handmade by me but also wheat, gluten and dairy free!! They all said they really liked it so ill have to take their word for it!
    Christms overall was great and volunteering with the Battersea Parlk Rotary for their Annual Christams Day for the Elderly was, once again, brilliant. Itdoes my heart good (as my mother would say).
    Lyndsey, just to let you know, I’ve been on the case and I can now confirm that our Morning Show Competition beloved by viewers and presenters is returning again. We’ll have it starting again from January 22nd. Best if Luck!
    happy new year to you all. I hope that its been a good January for you all so far, long may it continue.
    Miceal. Xxx

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