Crowdfunding is a new type of fundraising where you can raise funds for your own personal cause, even if you're not a registered charity.The page owner is responsible for the distribution of funds raised.The next morning he reported what she’d said on air, and told us that what we were called.We took him at his word and became Terry’s Old Geezers and Gals.” A TOG website started in 1998, later giving way to the Facebook group. To join, explains 57-year-old semi-retired software salesman, Kevin Joslin from Southend, “is more about sharing an attitude than anything else. If you have got to 50 and still not grown up, that makes you a TOG.Better still for this TYG were his surreal, subversive word-plays that are lodged in my brain to this day. Everything else may have changed in between his two spells on Radio 2, before and after his 1980s switch to television.
“Terry said he would only start to take the credit after we’d stayed together for a couple of years,” remembers this 62-year-old dental practice manager from Hampshire.
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His passing at the weekend feels curiously like a death in the family. Up and down the country, there is an army of professional TOGs who are now in deepest mourning.
“I had no idea anything was wrong until I switched on the radio news on Sunday morning,” says Norman Mc Intosh, “King Tog” as he is referred to by the 900-strong TOG group on Facebook. I still can’t quite believe it.” Still moved, his voice breaks as his recalls how he met his wife, Hellen, at one of the annual TOG conventions that have been running on university campuses since 1999 – weekends stuffed full of silly games, dressing up, mad-cap quizzes and Irish dancing lessons, usually graced by Sir Terry’s presence.
Terry used to say we were all befuddled people who often forget where we were and wore ties that were too short to reach the top of our trousers or a beige cardigan.” What also seems to characterise a TOG is their refusal to grow old gracefully.