Former EastEnders star is delighted to be named patron of a youth charity
PUBLISHED: 18:03 13 October 2017 | UPDATED: 10:01 16 October 2017
He might be making a name for himself, but comedian, actor and writer Ricky Grover is remaining true to his Newham roots.
The former EastEnders star, who was born in West Ham, has accepted the role of patron of Canning Town charity Ambition, Aspire, Achieve (AAA).
The organisation, based at the Terence Brown Arc in the Park, supports disadvantaged young people across east London.
“I am honoured to be a patron and really believe this charity is making a difference,” Ricky said.
“Firms and businesses are also helping by decorating and renovating this place. I’m a believer in doing a good deed. If you do, the good comes back to you.”
Ricky has known AAA’s founder Kevin Jenkins and the Arc’s manager Paula Blake for several years, and is full of praise for their work.
He said: “I trust them completely and know that every penny that is raised will go to the young people, the people who need it most.
“They have great reputations and what they are doing here is something special.”
The message contained in the charity’s name is important for former hairdresser and boxer Ricky. He is dyslexic and could not read or write until 30 - but is now in talks with Channel 4 over a pilot for a series he has created and written.
“People from our manor can achieve and aspire to do great things – with ambition,” Ricky, who is currently starring in BBC One’s remake of Porridge, said.
“My mum still lives in East Ham and there is something special about Newham.
“We have a massive multicultural mix and everyone seems to get along. Seeing the children here and what is being achieved here in Canning Town is really terrific.”
Such is Ricky’s support for the charity that he has organised a stand-up comedy night to raise funds, roping in friends including Jo Brand, Alan Carr and Seann Walsh to perform.
“We hope this will become a regular thing,” he said. “Everyone I asked said yes straightway when I explained what the charity does and how the money goes directly to the young people.”
The show takes place at the Backyard Bar in Cambridge Heath Road, Bethnal Green at 8pm on Sunday.
Tickets are £25 on the door or £20 in advance from backyardbar.co.uk
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