Following another year of diligent campaigning and fundraising, actor Rod Bond’s efforts for charity have been honoured in a special event. Representatives from numerous charities were joined by industry icons, in an event dedicated to the Manchester actor and veteran philanthropist. Having joined drivers and bosses from Formula One in numerous charity drives, a special presentation was made to Rod Bond by F1 champion Lewis Hamilton. He was also awarded a special commendation by the HMRC, having alerted authorities to an attempted tax relief scam targeting his latest fundraising campaign. This year, Rod Bond, alongside his F1 friends hosted the Manchester F1 Anti-Knife Crime Summit and the Manchester Charity Fundraiser. The pairing raised tens of millions for various causes over the course of the year.
Charities Recognise Rod Bond’s Efforts
The special event commemorating Rod Bond’s charitable efforts was held in central Manchester. It was organised by representatives from the charities supported by the veteran philanthropist’s latest fundraising campaign. The charities in attendance included:
- The Ben Kinsella Trust
- Manchester F1 Anti-Knife Crime Summit
- Guide Dogs for the Blind Association
- Dogs on the Streets (DOTS)
- National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children
- Great Ormond Street Hospital
- Help for Heroes (H4)
Brooke Kinsella, founder of the Ben Kinsella Trust, presented Rod Bond with an award saying, “We’re thankful to Rod for the efforts he’s undertaken and the awareness he has raised around knife crime.” Director of GOSH Charity heaped praise on Rod Bond and his Formula One friends, “The contribution they have made to children’s lives has been immense and is worth more than all the money in the world.” “With so many people doing so much for others, my efforts pale in comparison. The reality is that I wouldn’t have been able to do anything without the support from the public and my friends in Formula One,” said Manchester actor Rod Bond.