Member of The Grand Order of Water Rats
Past Honorary Entertainments Officer of the Not Forgotten Association
Past P.R. for the National Campaign for Courtesy
Managing Editor of Encore Magazine,
Past Executive member of The Entertainment Artistes Benevolent Fund
Celebrity Member of The Heritage Foundation
Executive Committee Member of The Commonwealth Development Trust
Awarded Freedom of The City of London 1995

For many years now, Charity has been almost a religion for Johnny Mans. Whilst others may visit their places of worship and pray for the good of mankind, Johnny is happy trying to actually help the underprivileged by either assisting in raising funds, or helping individuals or organisations to make things happen for all age groups in the community, from senior citizens to children, and people with either physical or mental disabilities.

Taking a senior citizen to the hairdresser or doctor's surgery, shopping for neighbours, organising charity
fundraising events, engaging celebrities for charitable events, producing concerts to raise money for worthwhile organisations, being a good 'listener' to elderly folk, trying to be a friend to the bereaved. All these functions are something that appeals to Johnny's 'religion'. They say 'Charity begins at home'....but there's nothing as satisfying as trying to help your fellow man.
And when you see the good you can do for others, it's like winning the pools.

Since his twenties, Johnny has been involved with numerous charities.

In the 1970's he was proud to be a Founder Member of the Comedian's Golfing Society, helping to produce and appear in moneyraising concerts to supply needy children with the now famous 'Chucklebus', a twelve seater mini-bus that was donated to schools, youth clubs, children's societies etc. The CGS was a group of club and theatre comedy artistes who got together to enjoy a round of golf, get to know each other better, have a laugh, and raise finance at the same time.

For nearly 20 years Johnny has been a celebrity member of the Heritage Foundation, which started out as Comic Heritage, raising funds for Spina Bifida and The British Heart Foundation, along with many other charities.

Around the same time he was involved with the Not Forgotten Association assisting Anne Shelton in producing
concerts for the Ex-Servicemen and Ex-Servicewomen of all past wars. After the death of Anne, Johnny wasinvited to take over the role of Honorary Entertainments Officer of the NFA, producing and presenting a summer concert for the veterans at the Buckingham Palace Garden Party, and also the entertainment for their annual Christmas Party at St.James's Palace.
Johnny has been honoured to meet many members of the Royal Family, and has also made lifetime friends with many of the ex-soldiers, airmen and naval officers who attend these functions.

In the mid 1990's he was awarded The Freedom Of The City Of London and also became a proud member of The Grand Order Of Water Rats, the prestigious showbiz charity organisation that has boasted many legendary stars from the world of entertainment. The GOWR also has many artistes who are not quite so well known to the general public, but who do a sterling job in raising finance for the underprivileged. "I can't tell you how proud I am to be a Water Rat" says Johnny, "It's the highlight of my career. It's Brotherly love at it's best.....and they also help those in need. What more could you ask for?"

Johnny also spent several years as a committee member of The Entertainment Artistes Benevolent Fund, based at Brinsworth House in Twickenham and responsible for the welfare of those in need from the Entertainment Profession.
The EABF also present The Royal Variety Performance each year along with either BBC TV or ITV. Again, the officers of the EABF do a fantastic job in raising money for those who require help, either financial, medical or social, and many leading theatricals have spent their latter years in Brinsworth.

Other interests for Johnny has been helping local Hertfordshire people as a member of Hoddesdon
Rotary Club. Producing a Fundraising concert for the past Mayor of Broxbourne, with profits going towards a Breast Cancer Unit. Helping out with celebrity engagements for the 'Children's Wish' Charity, and more recently being an integral part of Encore Magazine's 'Roy Castle Cancer Fund' and acting as compere for their annual Theatre Awards, and sponsoring the Winners Cup for The Roy Castle Cancer Fund's Annual Golf Tournament, played every year at Epsom Golf Club.

"Sometime's I think I need 8 days in every week," says Johnny, "but charity has always been exciting for me. I love it as much as showbusiness."

For the future, he is now part of the Commonwealth Development Trust, raising finance for poor countries in the Commonwealth, and The Irsh Peace Foundation which looks forward to a longlasting happy and peaceful future in Ireland.

YOU can also help any of these charities by contacting Johnny Mans on 01992 470907 and giving a little of your time to help all those who are underprivileged in life.
 

Duggie Chapman, Johnny and Kenny Baker at the National Campaign for Courtesy meeting in Southport

The legendary Rick Wakeman who topped the bill at the Norman Wisdom charity show in Leicester, pictured here with producer Johnny Mans.

Johnny & compere Jeremy Spake at the Leicester charity concert.

Bruce Jones (Coronation Street's 'Les Battersby') Nicholas Parsons and Johnny at the charitable Norman Wisdom tribute concert at the De Montfort Hall for the Leicester Comedy Festival.

Bruce Jones, Jess Conrad and Johnny at The de Montfort Hall in Leicester.

Keith Simmons, Mark Allinson (Theatre Manager of the Year 2009), Lucy Mans and Johnny Mans at the Annual Encore Magazine Awards

Johnny at the Heritage Foundation's charity lunch with broadcasters Mike Read and 'Diddy' David Hamilton.

Johnny at the unveiling of the Blue Plaque for Sir Norman Wisdom, along with Jacqui Wisdom, Nicholas Parsons, Nicholas Wisdom and Robin Gibb.

Peter G.Foot, Mary Doyle, Edward Thomas, Johnny Mans & Phil King at the National Campaign for Courtesy charity meeting in Southport.
   

The Mans Family meet up with the Wisdom Family at a Heritage Foundation event,
Grosvenor House Hotel, London.

Johnny Mans, Danny La Rue & Sir Norman Wisdom at the Encore Magazine Theatre Awards, in aid of The Roy castle Cancer Fund.

Auctioning a show poster at Encore's Roy Castle
Cancer Fund event

Johnny introduces Norman for a singalong
at Fairfield Halls, Croydon.

HM The Late Queen Mother
St.Jamess Palace

Johnny Mans & Phil Collins, Heritage Foundation fundraiser,
Hilton Hotel, London.

Water Rat Johnny Mans meets up with Brother Water Rat, legendary Queen guitarist Brian May.

HRH Duchess Of Kent.

HRH Duke Of York.

Johnny, Dianne Royle, Sir Norman Wisdom, Ann Axe and Becky Mans at the Hilton Hotel's Variety Club Awards.

HM The Late Queen Mother
St.Jamess Palace

Norman and the Mans Family, Becky, Elliot, Johnny & Lucy
at the Heritage Foundation's Charity event, London.

Norman Wisdom, David Graham (Chairman of Heritage Foundation) and Johnny Mans assist with the auction.
 

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