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When we receive our interviews and start to collate them ready for production we sometimes get an interview that actually blows your mind and this one is certainly one of those. In December 2017 a charity single was released raising funds and awareness of CF. We ran a feature on it. To read that article click here. One of those involved was Charles Michael Duke. I contacted him at the time and asked for an interview. He responded to say he would and we have communicated throughout the year. Never in all of the times we messaged did he even mention his lung transplant and when you read his answers he is just the most modest person you can imagine. He literally just says he would like to plug BBC’s “This is my Song” absolutely no reason why!! This man is an absolute legend, one who was so humble when he received his new lungs and one that has gone on to inspire so many people. We at Banana Crumble truly hope that you can achieve all your hopes and dreams. He has featured on ITV’s Loose Women, BBC News and radio programmes to name but a few. He is also the face of our Charity page here at Banana Crumble.
My name is Charles Michael Duke and I have spent the past 5 years of my life raising awareness about organ donation and Cystic Fibrosis, through TV appearances, Youtube videos, and news articles. I was diagnosed with CF when I was born, and had a double lung transplant in May 2018. After receiving my transplant I’m getting back to what I love – Performing, and will be returning to the stage in Christchurch, Dorset, in a production of Cinderella (January 2019) that I wrote with a friend of mine whilst I was waiting for my transplant.
What is your favourite joke?
Oh goodness… I like lots of jokes, but at the moment its probably, what did the cheese say to itself in the mirror? Halloumi…
What makes you smile?
Seeing other people smile.
What is your favourite good news story?
When someone gets their transplant!
What inspires you?
Other people with Cystic Fibrosis. They’re all amazing, achieving amazing things!
If you could change one thing in the world what would it be?
If you could have one superpower what would you choose and why?
To teleport, because I always feel like I could do more if I didn’t have to spend so much traveling to places!
What is your favourite food?
Steak and chips (which I can’t have cooked rare after my transplant, the diet is like being pregnant.) So I don’t really have it now
What is your favourite drink?
Coca Cola, I live off it! But don’t tell my dietitian or diabetes nurse…
If you are going on holiday what luxury item would you take from home?
My Phone. So I could take pictures to remember the memories. Listen to music, and keep in contact with all the people I love!
If you could make one law, what would it be and why?
That on the first Thursday of every month, it’s take your dog to work day. Because the world is a better place with more dogs.
Give us a random piece of information about you that people wouldn’t know?
I have three sisters and no brothers. One of them is a twin, she’s younger than me though.
What is your favourite phrase or saying?
‘You know what I mean’ or, ‘I’m not going to lie to you’
Who is your favourite music artist?
Michael Buble, Hugh Jackman, Lin-Manuel Miranda, THERE’S LOADS!
Who is the person that you feel has shaped your life most?
My Mum and Dad.
PJ’s or Not?
Hot or cold? Hot
Cat or dog? Dog (But I have a cat!)
Blue or pink? Pink! (Organ Donation Colour)
Tea or coffee? Neither! Coca Cola, Or honey and Lemon
Glass half-empty or glass half-full? Half full!
Pyjamas or not? Depends… most of the time not 🙂
Night out or night in? night in!
Pizza or pasta? Pizza
Biscuits or cake? Biscuits
Wine or beer? Neither. LAMBRINI!
Football or rugby? Football
Cinema or theatre? THEATRE!
Gym or TV? TV (But I should probably say Gym…)
Naughty or nice? Nice
Silver or gold? Gold
Tent or hotel? Tent!
Bath or shower? Bath!
Starter or pudding? Starter
Sheets or duvet? Duvet
Love Island or Game of Thrones? GoT!
Finally, apple or banana? Apple
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