Member of The Grand Order of Water Rats
Past Honorary Entertainments Officer of the Not
Past P.R. for the National Campaign for Courtesy
Managing Editor of Encore Magazine,
Past Executive member of The Entertainment Artistes
Celebrity Member of The Heritage Foundation
Executive Committee Member of The Commonwealth
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,
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
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
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
Around the same time he was involved with the Not
Forgotten Association assisting Anne Shelton in
concerts for the Ex-Servicemen and Ex-Servicewomen
of all past wars. After the death of Anne, Johnny
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
Other interests for Johnny has been helping local
Hertfordshire people as a member of Hoddesdon
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
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
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.
Late Queen Mother
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
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.