By Debbie le Quesne

Savile legacy: Out of bad things come good . . .

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I grew up with Jimmy Savile on the TV in our living room. I could never have imagined then what legacy of grief and suffering that man’s selfish actions would leave.

For me as a teenager, he was the face of Top Of The Pops and Jim’ll Fix It! But there was something very dark happening behind the celebrity cigar smiles. And now we all know his shame.

Not often do good things emerge from tragic circumstances, especially were children are involved. Children deserve the right to trust adults.

We’ve just seen the annual Children in Need appeal raise a record £26.7m from donations pledged during this year’s live show of celebrity performances.

The charity’s chairwoman, Stevie Spring, said she was “absolutely thrilled” by the amount raised during the show on Friday night – around £1.4m more than last year.

Television and music personalities taking part included One Direction, Girls Aloud, Leona Lewis and Kylie Minogue. They had a common aim: to get as much cash for needy children as possible.

Sir Terry Wogan, who launched the event at BBC Television Centre in London, addressed the crisis over the shelved BBC2 Newsnight report on child sex abuse allegations against Jimmy Savile in a video segment he introduced.

I can’t help feeling that the outpouring of generosity was a direct response to the appalling Savile legacy.

I was shocked at the statistics that more than one in three sexually abused children do not tell anyone about it.

David Ramsden, chief executive of BBC Children in Need, said the total raised was phenomenal.


Indeed, it is. And it just shows that as a nation we can still dig deep even in terrible economic times.


Most of my blogs centre on life’s end, rather than beginning, but the appeal response has lessons for us as we address the issues of care for the elderly, frail and mentally ill.

The whole nation responded positively. It was prepared to step up and make a stand for something it believed in.

How we need to galvanise the care sector to stand together! We need a roadmap for the future from the Government. We need realistic responses to fees. We need to be heard with one voice in the corridors of Westminster and Whitehall. And we need a positive, creative response to all that it negative around us.

I dare believe that we can do it. The private care sector is central to Government plans to reform care. It cannot do it without us, but we forget so easily.

Let’s try to remember our worth. We’re not just carers, we are guardians of a national treasure – our elderly, we are the voice of those too ill to speak, we are the champions of the marginalised. We are indisputably valuable!


Written by debbielq

November 18, 2012 at 11:07 pm

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