Tonight I decided, possibly belatedly, that it was about time that I created a "Tally" category on this website, just to enable people to see the replies that I have received to date and how my challenge is progressing, with one simple click.
So here it is:
Letters Sent: 478 out of 500
Meetings achieved / set up / date of meeting to be confirmed: Tony Hawks, Jimmy Carr, William Hague, John Motson, John Francome, Jeffrey Archer, John Major, Patrick Moore, Gary Lineker, David Gower, Bill Kenwright, Cherie Blair, Iain Banks, John McCririck, Ann Widdecombe, Tim Rice, Clare Balding, Lisa Rogers, Asad Ahmad, Chris Tarrant, Lorraine Kelly, Mike Leigh, Jonathan Edwards, Nicky Clarke, Lawrence Dallaglio, Nick Ross, Fiona Bruce, Alan Titchmarsh, Fiona Phillips, Jason Queally, Nicholas Parsons, Neil Kinnock, Bob Holness, Joe Pasquale, Derren Brown, Richard Wilson, David Suchet, Ian McKellen, Bruce Oldfield, Jimmy Hill, Carl Fogarty, Andrew Marr, Jonathan Ross, Chris Martin, John Gordon Sinclair, Richard Hammond, Mel Giedroyc, George Galloway, Edith Bowman, Ainsley Harriott, Dermot Murnaghan, Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Tom Baker, Gary Bushell, Toby Anstis, Jamie Theakstone.
Maybes: Cliff Richard, David Dickinson, Andrew Flintoff, Kelly Holmes.
Apologies but won't be possible: Richard Littlejohn, Tony Blair, Michael Owen, Alan Shearer, Johnny Wilkinson, Ken Livingstone, Dom Joly, Chris Morris, Rowan Atkinson, Ricky Gervais, Nick Park, Jonathan Sachs, Arbishop of Canterbury, Dave Gorman, Kate Humble, Frank Skinner, David Baddiel, Mervyn King, Davina McCall, Tony Robinson, Bernard Matthews, Paul Smith, Helen Fielding, Bill Oddie, Geoff Boycott, Hugh Laurie, Jamie Oliver, Robbie Coltrane, Richard Branson, Wayne Rooney, Audley Harrison, John Cleese, Damian Hirst, Ridley Scott, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Alistair McGowan, Tom Jones, Will Self, Thom Yorke.
Apologies but won't be possible, but here's something for your charity auction: Jeremy Clarkson, Charles Kennedy, Bruce Forsyth, Michaela Strachan.
I would just like to point out for the n'th time, that whether or not a meeting is agreed, I am EXTREMELY grateful for any reply that I receive, be it positive OR negative, as it shows that the request in my letter has at least been considered.
I have NO DESIRE to name or shame anyone who does not reply. Everyone on my list undertakes plenty of work for charity and is no doubt very busy. Besides which, I'm sure I've got many of the addresses wrong.