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From an early age, Charity and considering the welfare of others has always been an integral part of Johnny’s life, whether it’s helping a stranger, a neighbour, a friend or a family member, or also being a tireless worker helping to raise thousands of pounds for various charitable organisations.

During his amazing fundraising efforts he’s been involved with numerous worthy causes such as The Comedian’s Golfing Society raising finance for the ‘Chucklebus’ venture, whereby money was raised to purchase several Mini-Buses for underprivileged children in schools, hospitals, youth clubs or suchlike. The society boasted many celebrity star names and Johnny was a founder member and executive press officer of the society, and also editor of their Joker’s Wild magazine. Over the years many funds were raised with golf tournaments, raising finance for countless needy youngsters. Johnny also produced many concerts for the CGS, again raising many funds for those in need.

As a proud Committee member of the ‘Dead Comics Society’, which over the years morphed into ‘Comic Heritage’ then ‘The Heritage Foundation’, Johnny was instrumental in helping to raise many funds for The British Heart Foundation, Aspire (Spina Bifida Charity), The Bomber Command Memorial and many more charities.  The Heritage Foundation was also responsible for the placing of countless Blue Plaques on past residences of numerous top British celebrities and helping toward the eventual erection of the Bomber Command Memorial in London.


For many years Johnny was extremely proud to be the Honorary Entertainment Officer of ‘The Not Forgotten Association’ raising much needed funds for the ex-service members of the army, navy and air force. In this role he was responsible for organising, producing and compering the numerous charitable production concerts at the annual summer garden party events at Buckingham Palace, and also the same during the winter season at the annual Christmas Party event for war veterans and current service men and women at St. James’s Palace in London. It was during this time that he also had the pleasure of meeting many members of The Royal Family and numerous veterans from various wars, which made him feel extremely humbled.

Another charity for Johnny to be involved with, as a fundraiser and committee member, was The Entertainment Artistes Benevolent Fund (EABF), now named The Royal Variety Charity, based at Brinsworth House in Twickenham.  The Fund looks after many past members of the Showbusiness industry and gives them a reason to keep enjoying life after their selected or forced retirement, due to age or health reasons.  There are many showbiz stars that reside there and fundraising finance is raised through various activities such as charity concerts, garden parties, donations and the annual Royal Variety Performance, which is also televised.

In 1996 he became a member of the Entertainment charity organisation The Grand Order of Water Rats, which boasted several members of The Royal Family, including Prince Philip the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Charles (now King Charles 111). Prince Michael of Kent, and more recently Lord Frederick Windsor.  The GOWR also had many major stars throughout it’s time including performers such as Tommy Cooper, Sir Norman Wisdom, Sir John Mills, Laurel & Hardy, Bob Hope, Max Bygraves, Nicholas Parsons, Rick Wakeman, Joe Pasquale, Buddy Greco, Michael Crawford, Roy Hudd, Sir Ken Dodd, Sir Brian May, Henry Cooper, Danny La Rue and many, many more. The Grand Order of Water Rats is internationally known for it’s generosity to the underprivileged and thousands of those in need. Johnny has been a very proud member for 27 years and is a Past Trap Guard of the charitable Order.

The Awards event was also an opportunity for many people from the entertainment profession to meet up and network, whilst enjoying a superb lunch, drink, concert, awards presentation, then digging deep into their pockets to raise many pennies for good causes.

Because fundraising has always been an integral part of Johnny’s life and career, he has also been involved with several other ventures, such as becoming a committee member and Press Officer of The Campaign for Courtesy, endeavouring to change people’s behaviour by displaying good manners and kindness towards others, a bit of a thankless task at times!


He also produced fundraising concerts for The Lord Mayor of Broxbourne’s chosen Cancer charity, and he became a member of The Commonwealth Development Trust, whilst also raising finance and help for his neighbours during hospital visits, plus friends who had lost family members.  He’s also regularly donates to The British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research UK and several other charities.

 And in 1995 Johnny was proud to be presented with The Freedom of The City of London.

The gift of Life is wonderful, and helping others in life is something we should all strive to do.

Johnny’s daughter Lucy Mans, Dame Shirley Bassey and his lovely wife Becky

attending one of many Buckingham Palace charity garden party’s.

Right | Johnny Mans with Rick Wakeman CBE - Left | Left to right Nicholas Parsons CBE, Roy Hudd OBE

Jess Conrad OBE and Johnny Mans.

Johnny with the Queen Mother after presenting a charitable concert at St. James's Palace

in aid of The Not Forgotten Association.

Raising money for charity

with the legendary Danny La Rue OBE and Sir Norman Wisdom OBE

The ENCORE Magazine Awards was another way of raising funds for charities, including The Roy Castle Fund in aid of Cancer Research UK, and also The GOWR.  This was something that Johnny enjoyed immensely, and as the Managing Editor of the popular magazine, and co-producer of the annual Encore concert, many thousands of pounds were again raised for charity.