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BBC editor John Simpson boosts Surrey school's charity efforts

PUBLISHED: 13:21 01 December 2010 | UPDATED: 18:15 20 February 2013

John Simpson speaks at Reigate Grammar School

John Simpson speaks at Reigate Grammar School

The BBC's world affairs editor John Simpson headlined a charity dinner at Reigate Grammar School helping to raise funds for Children with Leukaemia, Help for Heroes and the 1675 Foundation Fund

Photos: www.keithwalter.co.uk



The BBCs world affairs editor John Simpson headlined a charity dinner at Reigate Grammar School helping to raise funds for Children with Leukaemia, Help for Heroes and the 1675 Foundation Fund.


Sixth form volunteers from the schools RGS charities committee served a three course dinner to 230 guests,before theBBC correspondent took centre stage.


Simpson began with a warm tribute to his daughter, Julia Richards, head of sixth form at Reigate Grammar School, before sharing anecdotes from his years covering world affairs from over 120 countries and 30 war zones.


Taking questions from the floor, John Simpson recounted a meeting with Osama bin Laden in the late 1990s, who led a crowd vote on whether the BBC crew should remain unharmed while reporting on the Afghanistan/Pakistan border.


The dinner was the first fund raising event to be held at Reigate Grammar School since the formation of the new RGS Charities Committee and has so far raised upwards of 8,000.

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