Walk for Promise Dreams 2016!

Walk for Dreams 2016

The 2016 Walk for Dreams is taking place on Sunday 16th October 2016. We’ll be walking from Himley Hall to Wolverhampton Racecourse via Wombourne & the Penn Road in Wolverhampton.

This is your chance to sign up for this year’s walk and help to make a difference to seriously & terminally ill children whilst having an amazing day of fun at the same time. Join us on Sunday 16th October 2016 with your friends, colleagues and family members…the more the merrier!!

Once you have registered we will keep you updated with all the information you’ll need to make sure it’s a wonderful day. More details here…

Come and join us!!

Suzi Signature

BT Sport…

I’ve joined BT Sport as one of their lead presenters and will be covering a portfolio of motorsport for them this season.  With MotoGp in Jerez and Le Mans already done and dusted, I’ll be back with the boys at Silverstone for the British GP.   Afterwards, I’ll be taking charge of Misano, Aragon and Valencia.

I’ll also be at Cardiff for the British round of the Speedway GP and then Manchester for the World Cup finals.

Finally on 4 wheels, I’ll be presenting the WRC at the end of October – lucky me………………

Latest from me – March 2016

In December last year, it was announced that Formula 1 would be moving to Channel 4. I loved fronting the BBC F1 show; hearing ‘The Chain’ in my ear before my opening greeting, the banter with David and Eddie, being right ‘there’ to see Lewis make history winning back to back World Championships and then having the privilege to interview him straight afterwards. I made friends with drivers, team bosses, racing legends and mechanics, I ran the tracks with my BBC friends and drank with ‘the opposition’. The talent pool within our team was immense and the spirit was strong, from the guy who drove the truck, to my boss and the voice in my ear. We were dedicated to our coverage and our broadcasts were committed and carefully considered. I felt that our production team were always ambitious and their vision pushed boundaries. For me, it was one of my career highs and millions of sports fans came along for the ride and joined our good fortune. I wished that I had known that Abu Dhabi would be our last broadcast together and my last as the face of BBC F1, but that’s just how telly rolls sometimes. I wish Channel 4 all the best with their coverage, it’s a phenomenal world to be a part of.

I always say things happen for a reason and just as F1 ended, loads of other doors opened for me to help me expand my portfolio.

Most excitingly I was to become part of Radio 2’s extended family. I’ve already presented a week of shows, standing in for Vanessa Feltz and I’m back on air on Easter Monday presenting the drive time show, keeping the seat warm for Simon Mayo. It has a F1 theme where I am talking to Lewis Hamilton, Claire Williams, Nicki Lauda, David Coulthard and of course the wonderful Murray Walker, amongst others. I’ll be looking at their favourite tunes but also asking listeners to call in and tell me about their favourite driving music as well.

Music and radio has always been such a passion of mine and so this is a dream come true. Just walking through those radio doors and getting to sit behind the radio desk gives me such a thrill. I get to play music I love and chat to all the gorgeous listeners and share our lives together. I couldn’t be happier.

I am also hoping to make a couple of my own productions as I have always found the other side of the camera fascinating too!

Hell On High Seas

I’m also just about to embark on one of the biggest challenges I’ve ever faced. I’ve quite crazily agreed to be part of the BT Sports Relief Challenge ‘Hell on High Seas’ where ’ll be sailing 1,000 miles around the UK in a yacht alongside Alex Jones, Angellica Bell, Hal Cruttenden, Ore Oduba and Doon Mackichan. Over the next 7 days, we’ll all be sleeping on tiny bunks in the same room, that’s when we get any sleep, as we may be needed on deck at any time. If we are allowed to rest it’s in 4 hour chunks. None of us have ever done anything like this before and when you have to have survival training, you know it’s for real. I’ll try and tweet as much as i can whilst on board next week, but tune in to the Drivetime show when I’ll be speaking to Simon Mayo on Radio 2 every afternoon live from the yacht, plus there will be updates every evening on The One Show. We are of course doing all of this to raise money for an incredible cause and i would be so grateful for your support – you can sponsor us here.

Hell On High Seas

We will be setting off from Belfast Harbour Marina on Monday 7th March and the crew will attempt to sail to London around the UK in just 5 days, finishing on Friday 11th March.

Sport-ReliefWe will be living, sleeping and working on the Volvo Ocean 65 – a carbon-fibre speed machine that has been optimized for maximum performance. At 65 feet and weighing in at 12,500 kgs, the vessel is as long as five cars and weighs the equivalent of twelve great white sharks. The largest sail, which we  will have to manually hoist, is as big as two and a half volleyball courts

From day 1, we will be pushed to the limit. Without any fridges or ovens, we will have to get used to eating vacuum packed food and with the onslaught of the elements even simple tasks like brushing our teeth will be difficult. Ian Walker, the first British skipper to win the Volvo Ocean Race, will skipper our challenge and he says ‘when the sea’s rough and your drenched to the core and you’ve barely slept, even the most mundane daily tasks can seem impossible’.

Oh boy – we need your support

See you when I’m back on dry land!

Suzi

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Commemorative ride for Kevin Ash

What are you up to on 9th August? Fancy a date with me and a gang of motorsport fans at Silverstone? We are getting together in memory of my wonderful friend and revered journo, Kevin Ash. He is very much missed and this will be a perfect opportunity to raise some money for the Kevin Ash Fund, to help his family. I, for one can’t wait to see everyone. There will be a ride-in and a commemorative lap (Donate well and I will be your pillion!) and afterwards I will be hosting an auction full of money can’t buy items. So please shout about it to your mates, get together and pop down, it would be great to see you. Kev would have loved it.

More details as and when….www.ashonbikes.com

Beautiful Jewellery for Promise Dreams

silverstone-ladiesThe supremely talented  Alyssa Smith is a 26 year old international British jewellery designer who has a great love for the simple things in life like, family, friends, her pets, chocolate brownies, anything sparkly and of course designing and making gorgeous jewellery. Alyssa has talked for a long time about making a range of jewellery for the children’s charity – Promise Dreams for whom I am a patron and eventually came up with a delightful collection including race tracks and chequered flags.

The aim is to raise as much money as possible for Promise Dreams from this special collection and 100% of the profits will go directly to the charity.  Every piece you buy from this collection will be helping a fantastic cause in more ways than you could imagine.

Alyssa’s aim to keep this collection as interactive as possible is to show how much money has been raised throughout the year so please check out her website and see what a difference your support is already making!

What could be better for us all than having beautiful and unusual jewellery AND helping put smiles on the faces of seriously and terminally ill youngsters. Believe me, that smile gives you an unbelievable feeling.

F1 Coverage

Recently it was announced that I will be fronting the Formula 1 coverage for the BBC. I must say that I was absolutely thrilled to be asked and all I can hope is that next season will measure up to the epic year that was 2012.

After covering a varied portfolio of sporting events for 13 years, Wimbledon, Athens Olympics, Royal Ascot, London Marathon, Great North Run, the Boat Race and of course MotoGp, Superbike and Speedway, I decided to pursue a different professional route for personal reasons.

I adored working in the sporting arena, particularly Motorsport and I have missed the thrill of working live; in-fact I have felt a little lost without the pit-lane!

So a return to the BBC and indeed to enter the premier class of all Motorsport, F1, was the best Christmas present I have ever received.

I have a huge amount of respect for the BBC Team, those in front and behind the camera. I’ve crossed paths with both DC and EJ on several occasions and I think that if everyone is happy we can make some great telly… I’m also excited to team up with some of TV’s most creative producers again; I have missed them!

However most of all, I’m looking forward to the race action. I will be giving 100% of myself to present the best shows possible and yes, for those who may be wondering about my 2 –  wheeled life, I will have a close eye on that too!

I’m very aware that this is a tough  but incredible job and that I have a huge Jake Humphrey shaped hole to fill. I will be giving it my very best shot and I hope that you will enjoy the continued coverage

Many thanks for all the comments and good luck wishes, they are very much appreciated.  X

Royal Ascot 2012

One of the most famous sporting and social showpieces in the world is in full swing again. Her Majesty and other members of the Royal family are in attendance each day and the atmosphere is absolutely wonderful in this, the Diamond Jubilee Year. Particularly for the ladies who love the fashion, I’m just adding a few pictures each day. Hope you like them x

A very big thank you to all the lovely dress designers and milliners that very kindly loaned me my Ascot wardrobe.  If you want more information, we have listed the websites for you to take a look at

Amandawakeley.com
Suzannah.com
Antonyprice.com
Pauleka.com
Philiptreacy.co.uk
Janetaylormillinery.com
Stephenjonesmillinery.com
Williamchambers.co.uk
Racheltrevormorgan.com
Corneliajames.com

All pictures taken  by Graeme McAlpine at www.McAlpine.tv

Free Radio Walk in the Black Country – Sunday 10th June 2012

Over 4,600 people arrived at Himley Park – Wolverhampton last Sunday in wonderful sunshine intent on not only having a fun time, but also attempting to raise as much money as possible for Promise Dreams.  Last year, a fantastic £103,000 was raised by the 3,500 competitors. Would it be possible to improve on that figure…………………

Fresh and Emma hosted the event (Emma looking gorgeous as Minnie Mouse) and I joined my fellow patrons from Promise Dreams, namely Steve Bull, Beverley Knight, Jacqui Graham, and Matt Murray on stage for a pre walk warm up carried out by the girls from Wolverhampton Uni.   We were delighted to have the lovely Nick Hancock join us on stage.

You can see the vid here to get an idea of how everybody enjoyed themselves and when Free Radio announced on air early on Monday morning that the money raised on the day was an unbelievable £117,000 I can only imagine just how happy all of those people would be to know that they had been part of something so wonderful.

£117,000 will make so many dreams come true for the youngsters that Promise Dreams work with. There will be so many happy, smiley children because of the wonderful people that gave up their Sunday to raise money and on behalf of the Promise Dreams team and their Patrons Beverley, Jacqui, Steve, Don, Matt, I would just like to say a very big thank you to all of you who took part and of course to Matt and the team at Free Radio who made it all possible.

Other News

I recently backed a very worthy Bennets Insurance campaign to try to get a compulsory motorbike question as part of the driving test. At the moment the questions are randomly chosen and the driver can pass without being reminded about bikes. I think this should be the bare minimum – I would of course rather everyone spend a day on a bike to become bike aware and generally a more observant license holder, but I’m aware that we must begin somewhere.

So if you agree please sign the petition here www.bikerpetition.co.uk

It’s has been a busy few months. As well as the above I have also engaged in some filming for 5th Gear, The Wright Stuff, The Alan Titchmarsh show, Daybreak and Llve with Gabby. I enjoyed hosting the House of the Future at The Ideal Home Show this year. It was the centrepiece for the entire event.

I also had the honour of meeting Prince Charles who was quite lovely and very friendly and finally I had the opportunity to show off my well practiced curtesy! We enlisted some fun technology, my particular favourites were the new Renault Twizy electric car and the Transport Pod which I found to be the ultimate in relaxation gadgets. Lee Baldry was on hand to present all the daily shows and the show was a great success, hurrah!

So too was Gadget Show Live. It’s always a huge pleasure to meet people who watched the show and of course to work live is the best experience…any old monkey can do take after take on a pre record but living on your wit, live, is where it’s at!  With 3 shows per day  we pretty much  lived in the Supertheatre all week, but I met some wonderful people and had a lot of fun, so lovely to meet you if you were there!