R.I.P. Sir Terry

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'Dinner with Wogan' was one of the fund-raising highlights for our £1 million community centre revamp. Originally, Sir Terry had agreed to be the official opener but later filming commitments meant he had to withdraw. He could have just said, 'Sorry' but being the person he was he immediately offered to help us in any other way he could. So when our fund-raising team asked if he would be the guest speaker at a dinner event in our refurbished hall he readily and happily agreed.
His mischievous sense of fun, his warmth and humour lit up the whole evening. Those who met him confirm all the tributes about his being a genuinely generous human being, easy to talk to and a good listener. He was especially interested in the groups for disadvantaged children and older people that use our premises. It was therefore fitting that our cheque for Children in Need, from donations at the community centre's re-opening service, was presented by the Chair of Aylesbury Child Contact Centre, long-time users of our facilities and recipients of some of the Children in Needs funds Sir Terry had so famously helped to raise.
He stayed with us to the very end, when he could easily have left sooner. In the car park, some passing youths were astonished to see him and asked if it was really him. Not only did he go and speak to them, he organised a pre-selfie group photograph from someone's camera, took a note of the boys' names and gave them a mention on his breakfast show the next morning. That fun, friendly and generous nature of his showed through again.
At the end of the evening inside the centre, mention was made of his two knighthoods — an' honorary one' as an Irish citizen and a 'proper one' when he gained dual Irish/UK citizenship. We believed the correct form of address for someone with two knighthoods was 'knight, knight'! So for the last time, "Knight, knight Sir Terry. Thanks for being you. Thanks for the laughs. Thanks for helping so many needy children. And may you rest in peace."

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