Dining with Davina, but KOd by Kate

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Last week saw my total annihilation in the new series of Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is at the hands of Kate Bliss.

The TV show’s producers constantly reassure the experts that ‘no-one remembers who wins the shows’.

But I say take a walk with me down Palmerston Road or to my local recycling centre and listen to the stick I get from my adoring public!

In my experience, women are neither the weaker or fairer sex, so I was prepared for a rough ride again at this year’s all-woman Dine With Davina lunch at the Grand De Vere Hotel in Southampton.

This was the fourth year running I was invited by Davina McCall to be the auctioneer at the sell-out lunch attended by 400 women in aid of Action Medical Research, a charity she has supported since a young girl when she accompanied her grandmother on midnight fundraising walks.

The charity funds research into medical conditions affecting children and was behind the discovery of the polio vaccination.

I had considered wearing my new Cameron tartan kilt to the event, but Mrs Cameron strongly advised against the idea, reminding me how unruly and wild these ladies can get once the wine starts flowing.

Fellow News columnist and Wave 105 DJ Steve Power was the event compere and, having done the job a few years ago, had vivid memories of his futile attempts at crowd control!

Each year Davina donates personal items of clothing to start the auction and this year saw a size 12 Karen Millen dress sell for £1,200 and a pair of size 6 Christian Louboutin high-heeled shoes reach the same amount.

When I asked the winning bidder her shoe size, she replied: ‘It doesn’t matter, this is the fourth year I’ve bid for Davina’s shoes and finally I have them!’

The highest price at the auction was £3,000 for four VIP tickets to see Spandau Ballet at the o2 Arena.

Only three days prior to the event Davina had lost her father-in-law, but she was determined not to cancel the event.

Dine With Davina was a big success and raised more than £30,000. Whilst still licking my wounds from the 5-0 defeat to Kate Bliss, I received a boost of confidence when Davina called me The Man With The Golden Hammer!

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