Sir Michael Parkinson Sir Michael Parkinson has enjoyed an unparalleled career in journalism, radio and television. He was awarded a CBE in June 2000 and a knighthood for services to broadcasting in the 2008 New Year Honours list. Sir Michael became a Patron of Child Bereavement UK in 2009. Notably he was the creator and host of Child Bereavement UK’s ‘Ashes Golf Challenge’. This amazing golf tournament featured opposing Ashes cricket captains Ricky Ponting and Andrew Strauss, along with many of their cricketing teammates, battling it out for golfing supremacy. It attracted major media interest and raised over £75,000 for Child Bereavement UK. Sir Michael also made a speech to Child Bereavement UK supporters at a dinner attended by HRH Prince William at Windsor Castle. Sir Michael has also supported the Alexander Devine Hospice for terminally ill children.