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I believe charity is the rent we pay on earth. It has been a privilege to work alongside the kindest people helping those in need

Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, Jeremy Beadle was a household name and appeared on television screens around Britain almost every week. Alongside his TV work, Jeremy was also an avid supporter and fundraiser for numerous charities.

Jeremy was born with Poland Syndrome which stunted the growth in his right hand. Despite this set back his was a lively youth and always looked for adventure. After an early exit from secondary school he travelled and worked throughout Europe in jobs ranging from tour guide, to skin-diving instructor.

Using his uncanny knack for collecting knowledge he started writing to quiz shows with brain teasers and questions. He sent Celebrity Squares host Bob Monkhouse a number of questions, without answers, and Bob was so impressed he invited Jeremy to start working on the program. From there Jeremy excelled in show business, hosting his own hit shows such as Beadle’s About, You’ve Been Framed and Game for a Laugh

Throughout his life he used his success to help raise money for various charities. From hosting live events, sponsoring charities and becoming a patron of more than one organisation, it’s estimated that Jeremy raised over £100m in funds. He was awarded an MBE in the 2001 New Year’s Honours list for his services to charity.