The Journalists’ Charity is marking its 150th anniversary this year with a service of commemoration at St Bride’s Fleet Street.
The charity was founded by a group of parliamentary journalists who decided that support was needed for colleagues who had fallen on hard times.
Still run by journalists, it now operates its own retirement, care and after care homes and spends £400,000 a year on grants and emergency payments to journalists in trouble.
Charity chairman Laurie Upshon said : “I am delighted that so many leading figures have volunteered to support the anniversary service. It is a very rare to have so many of Britain’s leading journalists together at an event such as this.”