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Date:- 15 October 2007

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North West vote Formula 1 Hamilton as having most envious job

PEOPLE throughout the North West have voted Lewis Hamilton as the person they would most like to swap careers with, according to a recent survey.

26% of the people questioned voted the Formula 1 wonder-kid as having the most fulfilling and enviable job in the world.  X-Factor judge and music mogul Simon Cowell came 2nd in the poll with 16% of the votes, while Harry Potter author JK Rowling won the women's vote coming in 3rd place with 13% of votes.

The survey was carried out by Mr Clutch Autocentres as part of its franchisee recruitment programme. Founder and chief executive of Mr Clutch, Joseph Yussuf said:- "The celebrity job swap question is interesting as it is not the lifestyle of the celebrity that people are voting for but the job.  It's no surprise that Hamilton has topped the poll, his success finishing on the podium 12 times this season."

Surprisingly, hot-tempered celebrity chef Marco Pierre White who fronted ITV's Hells Kitchen also appeared in the top ten, and despite the early mornings, self-proclaimed 'Saviour of Radio One' Chris Moyles made number 9.

Yussuf adds:- "Although surveys such as this are intended as a bit of fun, they can actually give a valuable insight into what people really want to do in their careers and the professional qualities they hold in high regard."

The top 10 celebrity job swaps are:-

1. Lewis Hamilton 26%
2. Simon Cowell 16%
3. J K Rowling 13%
4. Marco Pierre-White 12%
5. David Beckham 11%
6. Wayne Rooney 9%
7. David Tennant 5%
8. Victoria Beckham 4%
9. Chris Moyles 3%
10. Fearne Cotton 1%

DJ Trevor Nelson breaks down barriers for under privileged kids

DJ and broadcaster, Trevor Nelson, is helping to break barriers to employment faced by nearly 1 in 3 children living in poverty. 

Trevor is hoping to broaden the skills and horizons of young people by encouraging people to make time to share their skills as part of the Dare to Care: Make time to help end child poverty. His appeal goes out to anyone with a professional skill - builders, plumbers, electricians, accountants, first-aiders or chefs.

Dare to Care is being run by CSV, the UK’s leading volunteering charity and the Campaign to End Child Poverty, a coalition of 90 organisations. The campaign aims to recruit 35,000 volunteers to give time to help children from low-income families and raise awareness of the experiences of children living in poverty.

Trevor spent time last year with a group of teenagers from one of the most deprived areas in London to pass on some insights on how to break into the media and music industry.  Trevor says:- “Giving young people from ordinary backgrounds advice like this can really broaden their horizons and encourage them to focus and pursue their dreams. If you have any skill to share, whether it’s DJing, filming, gardening or reading, your time can make a lasting impact on someone’s life.”

Dare to Care, a 5 month campaign, kicks-off with CSV’s Make a Difference Month in October, which will showcase the breadth of volunteering projects helping to combat child poverty. Events in October culminate on Saturday 27 October 2007 with CSV Make a Difference Day, the UK’s largest single day of volunteering.

To help people take part a series of How-to guides has been produced, including the How-to share your skills guide.

A limited number of grants worth £80 are also being made available to community groups organising events.

To register and apply for a grant or get a free copy of the How to Share Your Skills call FREEPHONE 0800 284 533, visit website or email.

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