David Gilmour tries to raise cash for Crisis
Written by Matt   
Monday, 09 February 2004

David Gilmour, who was made Vice President of homelessness charity Crisis last year, was reported in yesterday's Londoner's Diary in the Evening Standard newspaper, as trying to encourage Sir Paul McCartney to give more to charity.

Gilmour, who donated £3.6 million to Crisis from the sale of one of his houses, to start the urban village project, said that Sir Paul should give more of his vast fortune to charity. Gilmour said he himself had more money than he knew what to do with and that giving huge amounts to charity made sense.

"My friend Paul McCartney is meant to have more than £500 million. The way he lives you can understand where £100 million goes, but I have no idea what he does with the other £400 million. That's a crazy amount of money and nobody needs it." Sir Paul's wealth is more accurately put at around £713 million.

Gilmour, occasional band member and close friend of Sir Paul's, and who attended his wedding to Heather Mills last year, said "£3 million is just a fraction of what the project is going to cost and it needs people with serious money to help out"; the project is still £50 million short of the fund-raising total required. McCartney declined to comment on Gilmour's remarks.

The full article can be seen on the Evening Standard website. More details of the charity and their excellent work can be found on the Crisis website.