Katherine Jenkins OBE

'Just a minute' with Katherine Jenkins Friday 08 June 2018 08 Jun 2018

Congratulations Katherine on the birth of your new son, you and Andrew must be thrilled to have a brother to Aaliyah. Xander’s middle names honour both your and Andrew’s late fathers’, and your father Selwyn is the reason why you’re an ambassador for Macmillan, would you be happy to explain more about your link to the charity?

KJ: Thank you! He’s a cutie and of course I’m obsessed! I lost my father to lung cancer when I was 15 and the Macmillan nurses came to our home to help look after him. I’ve never forgotten that and it’s become our family charity with various family members embarking on their own charity missions; my sister worked for them and my cousin and I ran the London Marathon to raise funds for them. 


You have been an ambassador for Macmillan the best part of a decade, but your support extends back much further than this, and you have been involved in lots of different ways. Is taking part in the 2013 London Marathon the most fulfilling - if not the hardest - thing you have done for Macmillan? 

KJ: Yes I would say so! Taking part in the London Marathon was one of the best days ever, but also one of the hardest. I would highly recommend it to anyone currently thinking about it. The supporters and the crowd make the day! It’s incredible to see so many people running to raise money and some in memory of someone special. 


You set yourself a huge fundraising target for the London Marathon, aiming to raise £20,000 which you smashed. How important was the support from your fans in raising such a phenomenal amount from one event? 

KJ: Well I really do have the best fans! With their help and support, we raised over £35,000. I definitely couldn’t have done it without them. 


Another significant event in the Macmillan calendar was our Centenary Celebration which took place at the London Palladium in 2011 and saw you perform to the delight of a packed house. Do you have a particularly favourite moment from that evening? 

KJ: I remember it fondly and I remember feeling very proud to be involved. 


And talking of performing, you are headlining the ‘Last Night of the Kenwood Proms’ taking place at London’s Kenwood House on Sunday 24 June, and will again be supporting Macmillan through this performance. What are you most looking forward to performing on the night? 

KJ: I love the open-air summer concerts and Kenwood is such a stunning venue - it’s a real joy to perform there. I will be singing songs from all my albums: Opera arias, songs from the shows and classical versions of pop songs. We end with all the fun of the Last Night of the Proms and I love seeing everyone standing up, waving their flags and singing ‘Land of hope and glory’ at the top of their lungs!

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Since the release of her debut album in 2004, Katherine Jenkins, the golden voiced mezzo-soprano singer from Neath in Wales, has gone on to win the hearts of audiences around the world. 

Katherine’s late father, Selwyn, was helped by Macmillan nurses before he passed away from lung cancer in 1996 and both Katherine and her sister Laura have worked tirelessly to help raise awareness and funds for people affected by cancer. 

On being appointed an Ambassador for Macmillan in 2009, Katherine said: 'It's a great honour to have been asked to be an Ambassador for Macmillan and I look forward to helping the charity as much as possible.' 

In her time as an Ambassador, Katherine has delighted the audience at the Macmillan Guards Chapel Carol Concert, supported Macmillan's flagship fundraiser, World’s Biggest Coffee Morning, and attended the Macmillan De'Longhi Art Auction. Most notably perhaps, Katherine undertook the challenging Virgin Money London Marathon in 2013 - in memory of Selwyn - raising over £35,000 and generating significant awareness for Macmillan. 

Follow Katherine on Twitter @KathJenkins or Instagram.

It’s a great honour to have been asked to be an Ambassador for Macmillan and I look forward to helping the charity as much as possible.

Katherine