When the award-winning TV and radio presenter, Noreen Khan, braves the famous black chair on Celebrity Mastermind this weekend, she’s hoping to raise money for a charity close to her heart and her hometown.
Noreen, whose specialist subject is Marylin Monroe, has chosen Bedford-based Creating Memories as her nominated charity.
She’ll be pitting her wits against Labour MP, Caroline Flint, conservationist and TV presenter, Steve Backshall and stand up comedian, Rhys James.
Perhaps best known for presenting the weekday afternoon slot on the BBC Asian Network, Bedford-born Noreen has one of the most listened to Asian radio shows in the UK and can also add compere and stand-up comedienne to her list of talents.
She chose to nominate Creating Memories because of her strong ties to Bedford and the local children and families who will benefit.
“Having been born and raised in Bedford, I really wanted to help a charity that was from my hometown,” said Noreen.
“Creating Memories is a wonderful charity that helps to fulfil the wishes of children with life-limiting or terminal illness. Creating those moments of joy are so crucial during what can be such a difficult time – and is something that this charity does so well.”
The founder of Creating Memories has admitted she was ‘astounded’ when she heard the news.
“I’m so grateful to Noreen for our nomination and I can’t wait to watch her in action and find out what happens when the show airs,” said founder, Pritti Saggi.
Celebrity Mastermind will be broadcast on Saturday 3 April at 5.45pm on BBC1 and viewers can watch again on the iPlayer here.