Celebrity patrons and ambassadors
The Duchess of Rutland (President)
“I can only imagine the feelings of a mother who discovers that her child is not expected to live beyond childhood or early adulthood. As a mother myself I can understand how fragile the health of a child can be and this is one reason why I have agreed to become President of Rainbows. I hope that others throughout the East Midlands will lend their support too.”
David Walliams (Patron)
“I am thrilled to become a patron for Rainbows. It’s a very special place with incredibly inspiring people. I have recently been to the hospice and met some of the children and their families. They have to deal with so much and Rainbows is there for them with smiles, laughter and lots of care and support. I was so moved by the positive atmosphere, that I wanted to get involved. It will be my pleasure to help raise awareness of this charity to help all of the children, young people and families.”
Nina Conti (Patron)
“Visiting rainbows was wonderful, I had never been to a children’s hospice before and was nervous before arriving, but what I found was a warm loving place with emphasis on fun and happiness. Meeting the staff and the families was a real privilege. I am absolutely thrilled to become a patron.”
Rakhee Thakrar (Patron)
“It’s a huge honour for me to become a Patron for Rainbows. It really is a place where families can make memories. The staff are incredible. It’s amazing how much actually goes on at the hospice and how far the staff go to make things happen. It truly is an inspiring place and I’m delighted to become a Patron.”
Willie Thorne (Patron)
“I am delighted to be a patron of Rainbows and I am always moved to tears when I meet the fantastic kids and their families. It reinforces the message of what great care they get here, but what more they will need as they get older.”
Angela Rippon OBE (Patron)
Angela, has been a familiar face and voice in British broadcasting for 45 years. Her career has embraced an impressive variety of programmes on both TV and Radio for commercial and BBC stations in Britain, as well as for major networks in America and Australia. Angela has also presented and appeared on Cash in the Attic, Rip Off Britain and The One Show.
Gary Lineker OBE (Patron)
“I gave the ‘Building for the Future’ Appeal my full support. I was proud to be involved in the appeal in 1994 to build Rainbows and I am proud to help Rainbows build for the future now.”
Anne Davies (Patron)
Anne has pledged to support our work because she has always been a big fan of Rainbows. Having spent time at the hospice filming a special feature several years ago, it is a place that has become close to her heart. Anne said: “It is a great honour to be asked to become a part of such an amazing organisation and I look forward to helping Rainbows in whatever way I can.”
Sam Bailey (Patron)
“It’s been wonderful meeting the children, young people and families. The staff here work so hard, I’m so amazed by what a happy place it is! I’m really proud to be a Patron of Rainbows, helping to support the great work they do.”
Peter Shilton OBE (Patron)
“I have supported Rainbows at charity events across the East Midlands and I am extremely proud to have been made a Patron of this ever-deserving cause. I would also like to congratulate all at the Hospice on the new Building for the Future therapy wing.”
Darren Maddy (Patron)
“I have been a Patron of Rainbows for some time and for me, it is a very special place full of colour and laughter. I am delighted to have lent my support to Rainbows Building for the Future Appeal which has increased the number of bedrooms and the number of children the hospice can accommodate. More families are now able to use Rainbows and get the vital support that the hospice provides. Please continue to help Rainbows bring in the £3.8 million required to keep Rainbows in operation each year.”
Dean Richards (Patron)
Dean Richards was proud to support the Rainbows Building for the Future Appeal by becoming an appeal patron. Dean is one of the most successful rugby players and coaches in the English club game having won numerous titles and trophies at Leicester Tigers. To support the Appeal, Dean previously organised an overseas bike ride through the Bolivian Andes on what is known as ‘the most dangerous road in the world’ and has helped raise over £100,000 for the Building for the Future project.
Matthew Hoggard MBE (Patron)
Matthew Hoggard MBE is one of the most successful international cricketers to have played for England. He formerly played for and captains Leicestershire County Cricket Club. He was a vital member of the inspirational England side that won the epic Ashes series of 2005 and has been a model of consistency throughout his test and ODI career, representing his country on 93 occasions. In 2011 Matthew captained Leicester County Cricket Club to their third T20 win, after the most dramatic finals day in T20 history. He is now retired.
Tony Jacklin CBE (Patron)
Lincolnshire born Tony is recognised as one of the most iconic golfers of the 20th century.
He said: “I am thrilled to be a patron for Rainbows; they are such a great charity and do such fantastic work. I am looking forward to helping with fundraising efforts and visiting the charity when I am in the UK.”
William Roache MBE (Patron)
“Rainbows is such an incredibly worthwhile cause and one I have supported for a number of years. I visited the hospice earlier this year and witnessed at first hand what great work they do there. I am looking forward to doing as much as possible for Rainbows in the years to come.”
Chris Cohen (Honorary Ambassador)
“When we visited Rainbows, we were struck by what an incredible place it is. It was overwhelming, yet so inspiring, and the children and young people who benefit from the services offered are just fantastic. We met some amazing people at Rainbows and Jess and I want to do all we can to help raise awareness of this fantastic charity and support the children, young people and their families.”
Fiona Cairns (Honorary Ambassador)
Fiona first got involved with Rainbows in 2013, when she appeared as the speaker for our annual Celebrity Lunch. Since then, Fiona has helped us by baking a celebration cake for the opening of the new hospice kitchen and joining us on our Open Day with a special 20th Birthday cake. Fiona has also involved our children, staff and supporters in cake decoration sessions and generally helps to raise the profile of Rainbows through her work.
Andy Abraham (Honorary Ambassador)
“At Rainbows, they are a really warm, friendly, amazing set of people that devote their time to ensuring that children’s lives, however short or long, are enjoyed. The work that Rainbows carries out is incredible; this is an incredibly worthwhile cause.”
Lauren Samuels (Honorary Ambassador)
“Rainbows has always been a cause that’s close to my heart. I lost a good friend when I was younger, so I can understand the extremely important work the charity undertakes. I will be helping to promote Rainbows when I’m working in the West End and when I come home to visit.”
Ady Dayman (Honorary Ambassador)
“I think that Rainbows is a fantastic charity and I am honoured to be asked if I would be an ambassador. I have worked very closely with Rainbows and fundraised through my work as a gardening expert on BBC Radio Leicester and East Midlands Today. I recently completed a half marathon for Rainbows and it has inspired me to help to raise as much money as possible for this unique and special charity.”
Lydia Bewley (Honorary Ambassador)
Lydia Bewley is probably best known in the 2011 box office hit, The Inbetweeners and currently aired, Drifters. Lydia has enjoyed an accomplished career on the stage taking on roles in End of the Line, The Dark and Cavernous Walls and The Merry Wives of Windsor. She also took on two of the lead roles in A Midsummer Night’s Dream as Titania and Helena. The Inbetweeners Movie is her second film role; she also appears in The Butcher’s Shop. Lydia’s brother, Charlie, stars in the film Twilight.
Graham Stanier (Honorary Ambassador)
Having been afforded the opportunity to visit Rainbows hospice I can honestly say its an amazing place, and the provision of love and care by carers, staff and parents is beyond dedication. It’s an honour and a privilege to be an ambassador for such a worthwhile charity and they have my unconditional support whenever they need it.