Since Sir Jimmy Savile extinguished his last cigar and rose, be-tracksuited, from the magic Fix It chair for the final time, the nation's dreamers have had scant cause for optimism. Until now, that is.
A pioneering new charity is promising to unite wide-eyed fans with their idols, for special experiences. The only drawback – a sizeable donation to said idol's chosen charities.
Afternoon tea with Geoffrey Boycott, breakfast at Le Manoir aux Quat' Saisons with Raymond Blanc are among the many experiences on offer with Pro Dono. Would-be clients simply make an offer, which is then communicated to the "ambassador" as Pro Bono calls them, who says yes or no – though a "no" may be negotiable, should a higher offer be made.
Paying a charity to meet a politician or actor or sports star is not a novel idea, but Pro Dono hope the simplifying and broadening out of the idea will be of tremendous benefit.