The PR Guru

November 2, 2010

Our thoughts go out to Lily Allen and Danny Baker and we look at the spending review, as charities turn to PR

Yesterday, we blogged about how Holly Willoughby’s pregnancy was revealed on This Morning. Well, as I am sure you are all aware, it was also announced yesterday that Lily Allen has suffered a second miscarriage, in three years. The brave star sent a heartbreaking message to friends and fans on Twitter from the hospital – asking them to “Say a little prayer.” Our thoughts are with her and Sam during this tragic time.

Pregnant Myleene Klass and mothers Emma Bunton and Denise Van Outen were among stars who sent sympathy messages to Lily last night.

Also suffering is DJ and Comedian Danny Baker, who is trying to recover from cancer. The Radio 5 DJ had seemingly vanished from his usual presenting slot and delivered his explanation in a way that is typical of the manner in which he presents.

‘Once the quacks have soundly thrashed this thing I shall return like a rare gas and as if out of a trap,’ he said.

When celebrities are suffering they have to reveal it to the world but it must be hard to reveal such personal tragedies to the public. Radio 2 DJ Chris Evans asked his listeners this morning to make Danny Baker the number 1 trending topic on twitter, and he is up there. The power of the radio!

The economy is equally depressing at the moment and the lack of funding available to large charities is forcing them to reconsider their budgets – including investing in PR.

Last week’s Spending Review confirmed that funding to charities will be significantly reduced, prompting many leading charities to reconsider their communications strategies, with a view to boosting fundraising.

Most charities do not have huge resources for PR and everyone’s budgets will be squeezed. It will be especially difficult for less popular causes to get a hearing.


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