Raymond joined Variety Club in 1987. His year as Chief Barker was marked for high energy fundraising and Raymond’s willingness to tackle organisational and structural reform in the Charity – which he did very effectively. He was always a key player in Variety’s Gold Heart Days, and became particularly involved in the campaign’s telethon and radiothon. During his time with Variety, Raymond has chaired most committees and has been the link to many corporates who have supported us. Variety Clubs International awarded its Gold Award to the Variety Club of Great Britain for its fundraising in 2003.