BBC Presenter and DJ Yasmin Evans donates Celebrity Mastermind Fee to Samaritans

DJ and children’s TV presenter Yasmin Evans has donated £3000 pounds to Samaritans, following her appearance on Celebrity Mastermind on New Year’s Eve.

The BBC Radio 1Xtra presenter, who also fronts CBBC TV show Saturday Mash-Up, chose the late American singer-songwriter and producer Luther Vandross as her specialist subject.

After the show, Yasmin said she wasn’t too impressed by host John Humphrys’ questions, but she was thrilled to be able to raise money for Samaritans:

“It was great fun to sit in that iconic Mastermind chair, and I really know my Luther Vandross, but some of the questions – where did he and his researchers get those from?! It definitely wasn’t about the winning, but I was really pleased to help raise awareness and funds for Samaritans. The work its volunteers do, just being there to listen to anyone who feels overwhelmed, is so important.”

Samaritans CEO Ruth Sutherland said, "We would like to say a big thank you to Yasmin for choosing Samaritans as her charity. It’s only because people make donations that we can recruit, train and support more than 20,000 volunteers to be there for people round the clock, when it matters most.”

Yasmin Evans appeared on Celebrity Mastermind alongside comedian Lloyd Langford, Sky News’ political editor Faisal Islam and reality TV show Made in Chelsea’s Ollie Locke. You can watch the BBC One show via the BBC iPlayer here.


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