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President’s Blog – Doing Our Bit For Children In Need………….

November 17, 2010

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It’s always to great hear news from around the fleet and today it’s a great pleasure to hear from our President and Managing Director with another President’s Blogs from Queen Mary 2

                               President’s Blog

<BR>Peter Shanks

<BR>President and Managing Director

<BR>Cunard Line


Over the last two years we have done our best to help the very worthwhile BBC Children in Need Appeal. It is a very deserving cause and quite right that we, along with our guests should do things like this to help. Not all of you will know about the appeal. In the UK we support it through Sir Terry Wogan and his TOG’s, which stands for ‘Terry’s Old Geezers and Gals’. To our friends in North America and further afield, you may not know who Sir Terry Wogan is. He is one of the BBC’s best loved radio hosts and until recently he had over 8 million listeners to his Breakfast Show on BBC Radio 2.


Better than that, for the last two years he has hosted a TOG’s Voyage and travelled with us and hundreds of his Old Geezers and Gals on Queen Victoria. The generosity of our guests, along with a handsome contribution from Cunard Line has meant we raised £81,000 this year and a total of over £200,000 over the last five years.


The face of BBC’s Children in Need is Pudsey Bear. We hosted Pudsey recently on board Queen Mary 2 to review whether we should do another TOG’s Voyage in 2011. Here I am with Pudsey, Commodore Warner and Entertainment Director Paul O’Loughlin;



I shouldn’t laugh – but when you see the attached short video you may well reach the opinion that Commodore, Entertainment Director and I do a pretty good impression of ‘Old Geezers’ – but all in a good cause.



So, great news, we will be doing a TOG’s Voyage hopefully with Sir Terry Wogan, on Queen Mary 2’s Around The British Isles Voyage which departs on 12 September 2011. We aim, with your help to raise over £100,000 this time for deserving Children in Need. I hope you will be able to come and join us on the TOG’s Voyage; it’s always a special voyage visiting many of the places where Cunard Line became famous.


They say never work with children and animals, but if we can raise money for children then all of us at Cunard Line will happily work with children and Pudsey Bear himself. I hope the BBC might share some of our news and video this Friday evening on BBC’s Children in Need.


Best Regards

Peter Shanks

President, Managing Director and Friend of Pudsey Bear


That’s great news; thanks for letting us know Peter. The TOG’s Voyages are really great fun and if you would like to get a flavour of the two previous TOG’s voyages you can see them on these links: -




I’ll be back tomorrow with another Blog from Lisa on Queen Mary 2’s recent transatlantic crossing. Cheers for now, Alastair

  1. Chris & Margaret Rose says:

    Hi Alistair,
    So good to hear the fantastic sums of money raised for Children in Need.
    Well done all at Cunard!
    Very best regards

  2. Robert - Huntrer Valley says:

    Must agree with the kindly comments of Chris and Margaret. However, surely, we in Australia, deserve more than ‘further afield’.

    Perhaps a reference to the forthcoming Ashes -0h- the Return of the Golden Urn.

  3. Peter Shanks says:

    Robert – apologes for not mentioning our very good friends in Australia. But as you raise the question of sport – we very much enjoyed the result at Twickenham last Saturday and we look forward to bringing the Ashes back to England. Bring it on ! Best Regards – Peter Shanks

  4. judith appleton says:

    well done Pudsey and Cunard

  5. Robert - Hunter Valley says:

    To The Chairman – to the winner – a bottle of Cullen Mangan 2007 – Merlot Petit Verdot, Malbec – delivered in Sydney on Monday 21st February, 2011 – A fine example of the Victor’s acceptance.

  6. Robert - Hunter Valley says:

    To clarify my earlier e-mail. Ought England retain the Ashes, then the Cullens Mangan shall be delivered to the Q.E. Ought Australian have the Golden Urn returned to its rightful repository, then I shall accept a bottle of the Cullens Mangan. It is born in the Margaret River of Western Australia.

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