We feel very privileged to have such a fabulous team of celebrity ambassadors and supporters who are committed to raising awareness of what we do.
Duncan Bannatyne OBE
We were thrilled when Duncan very kindly agreed to become a Business Ambassador for WellChild in 2008. Since then Duncan has been a fabulous supporter of WellChild and like all our Ambassadors has freely given his time to attend our WellChild Awards for a number of years. Duncan is also single-handedly funding a WellChild Nurse post.
Most people know Duncan from his previous role as a panellist on BBC Television’s Dragons’ Den. His strong opinions and sharp comments to the programme’s would-be entrepreneurs made him one of the most popular Dragons in the Den. Outside of his TV appearances, Duncan is one of the UK’s most successful entrepreneurs.
Follow Duncan on Twitter @DuncanBannatyne
Like many of our Ambassadors, Mark was inspired to become involved in WellChild after attending our Awards. Mark re-visited his Strictly Come Dancing days by taking to stage with Chris Hollins and Stavros Flately for an impromptu performance at the WellChild Awards in 2010!
In line with his successful sporting history Mark hosts the annual ‘Mark Foster Golf challenge’ in aid of WellChild. Mark has also been part of the supporter team to attend the Marex Spectron trading day in London.
To read all about Mark’s amazing career visit www.markfoster.co.uk
Follow Mark on Twitter @MarkFosterSwim
Karren Brady CBE
The current Vice Chairman of West Ham FC, Karren Brady CBE is one of WellChild’s longest serving Ambassadors. For many years, she was known as the first woman in football for her role as Managing Director of Birmingham City Football Club and turning the Club’s fortunes around. Highly respected in the world of business, she was recently appointed to the House of Lords, becoming Baroness Brady of Knightsbridge. In 2009 she took over from Margaret Mountford as Lord Sugar’s right- hand woman on the BBC TV show, The Apprentice.
For a more detailed account of Karren’s ventures please visit her website www.karrenbrady.com
Follow Karren on Twitter @karren_brady
Gold medal winning GB Hockey star Sam Quek is the newest member of our lovely WellChild Ambassadors. In October 2016 Sam attended the WellChild Awards where she got the opportunity to meet some of the incredible young people and families the charity supports. We were delighted when she agreed to come on board as an Ambassador; a hardworking and committed team player she will certainly be a great addition to Team WellChild.
Sam won her first international cap in 2008 and has since appeared for both England and Great Britain more than 125 times! Her 50th appearance for Team GB came at the Rio Olympics where the women’s team took home their first gold medal in an epic game against the Netherlands.
Follow Sam on Twitter @SamanthaQuek
We were delighted when Alexandra Burke came on board as a WellChild Ambassador following her incredible performance at our Helping Hands Dinner in 2014. Her performance of her most loved tracks captured the audience and the evening proved to be a huge success. Following this Alexandra also kindly chose WellChild as the charity to benefit from some of the proceeds of her single ‘Where Do Hearts Go’ released in Spring 2014. She has since appeared on Good Morning Britain to promote the WellChild Awards where she met one of our WellChild Nurses along with one of the families she supports.
After winning the X Factor in 2008 Alexandra has had a lot of success in the charts, including a number one album, a sold out national tour and is currently working on her third studio album. More recently she has been starring in the spectacular West End hit ‘The Bodyguard’ where she plays the lead role of Rachel Marron.
Follow Alexandra on Twitter @alexandramusic
Gaby was first introduced to WellChild when she did a fabulous job of hosting the 2014 WellChild Helping Hands Dinner at the Savoy Hotel, London. She was so moved by the charity’s vision that she accepted our invitation to become an Ambassador and immediately got involved with some of our other activities and events. Gaby visited the WellChild Garden at Chelsea Flower Show in 2014, has been an important member of the judging panel for the WellChild Awards for the past two years and recently fronted a Radio 4 fundraising campaign to support the WellChild Children’s Nurses.
Gaby has been a prominent television presenter in the UK since the early 90’s when she started presenting The Big Breakfast on Channel 4. She has since been popular on our screens hosting shows such as BBC’s Children in Need, The National Lottery Draws and Food Inspectors.
Follow Gaby on Twitter @GabyRoslin
Journalist and Newsnight presenter Emily Maitlis is a keen supporter of WellChild and has been an Ambassador for a number of years.
As an experienced presenter Emily, has hosted a number of events for WellChild including the annual WellChild Awards, our annual Fashion Show and more recently our Christmas concert as part of our partnership with 100 Women in Hedge Funds. Despite being very used to reporting on stories about the tough side of life and tales of heroism, hearing the stories of the courageous young winners at the WellChild Awards always brings a tear to Emily’s eye.
Follow Emily on Twitter @maitlis
In September 2013 Ed attended the BGC Charity trading day with a team of WellChild staff where he took part in making trades and speaking to the clients on the phone – all to raise as much as possible for WellChild’s projects. A huge golf fan himself, Ed has hosted two incredibly successful Golf Days on our behalf in the past year helping to raise both our profile and lots of money in the process. After attending the WellChild Awards in 2014, Ed very kindly offered tickets and a tour of the Sky Sports Studio to meet the presenters to some of our young WellChild Award recipients who were huge football fans.
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Ollie is best known for his fantastically played role as George Weasley in the Harry Potter film series with his identical twin brother James who played Fred Weasley. In 2012 we invited the twins to present an award to two inspirational children at the WellChild Awards and soon after we were delighted when Ollie accepted our invitation to become an Ambassador.
Ollie is a regular supporter of WellChild and has attended events such as the Mark Foster Golf Day, the Helping Hands Dinner, and a fundraising trading day at Marex Spectron where an amazing £62,000 was raised for the charity. His most recent involvement was with the children and young people’s judging panel for the WellChild Awards 2015 where he spent the day with a panel made up of previous winners and their siblings.
Follow Ollie on Twitter @OliverPhelps
We are very proud to say that Ian is one of WellChild’s long-standing celebrity supporters who was one of our founding Ambassadors back in 2007; he has been incredibly generous in giving up his time ever since. He is a frequent attendee to our annual WellChild Awards for which he has also sat on the judging panel and has also raised money for WellChild on a number of occasions through appearances on TV shows such as BBC1’s Pointless and ITV’s Who Wants to be Millionaire?
Ian is probably most recognised for his role as one of the professional dancers on The BBC’s mega hit show Strictly Come Dancing and for appearing on BBC2’s Strictly: It Takes Two with former dance partner Zoe Ball . He has built up a following of dedicated fans and has become a highly respected and recognisable figure and personality in the world of dance.
Read more about Ian’s career, please visit www.ian-waite.com
Follow Ian on Twitter @ianwaite
Chris has been a dedicated supporter of WellChild for a number of years, attending the WellChild awards nearly every year since it began and hosting the event in 2011 on our behalf. In addition to this he was also part of the WellChild team attending the ICAP trading day with other celebrity supporters in 2008.
Best known for his journalism and reporting for the BBC, Chris was also crowned the winner of the Strictly Come Dancing 2009 series where he fought off tough competition. Currently, Chris can be seen as a presenter on consumer awareness programme, Watchdog.
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Scouting for Girls
During the summer of 2010, the boys embarked on an original challenge of cycling from London to Brighton on children’s “chopper” bikes in aid of WellChild and completed their fundraising with an acoustic concert at Komedia in Brighton. Scouting For Girls raised almost £20,000! They raised the roof with a memorable performance at the 2013 WellChild Awards and after a busy summer of festivals have a new album and tour in the pipeline for Autumn 2015.
More information about SFG and their news can be found at www.scoutingforgirls.com
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Best known for her time as a television presenter, writer and actress Janet has been involved with WellChild for many years. As part of her support Janet has attended many events for WellChild including the Helping Hands Dinner, fashion show and is a welcome regular at the annual WellChild Awards where she has presented to our Award winners on stage. Janet delighted us when she agreed to become an Ambassador in 2011.
Follow Janet on Twitter @missjanetellis
Sam Nixon and Mark Rhodes
Better known as Sam and Mark, the presenting duo were first introduced to WellChild when they kindly agreed to host the 2012 WellChild Awards. They did a fabulous job and have continued to support the charity since. Sam was recently seen competing on Celebrity Masterchef on BBC1 where he made the final three.
Follow Sam and Mark on Twitter @samandmarktv
Laura has been involved with many activities since coming on board, including hosting the England vs Algeria World Cup screening event in London when we were the beneficial charity for the England Football Team as well as attending a reception at 10 Downing Street in aid of WellChild. More recently she has attended the WellChild Awards and Helping Hands Dinner as well as promoting our work through her OK Magazine blog.
Laura is one of the faces of Channel 4’s A Place in the Sun. Never one to shy away from a challenge she was one of the celebrity competitors in Channel 4’s The Jump 2014 and was runner up on Dancing on Ice in 2011. Further information about Laura can be found at www.laurahamilton.co.uk
Follow Laura on Twitter @laurahamiltontv
Lauren was introduced to WellChild last year by fellow Holby City star Guy Henry and was blown away by the work of the charity and the many inspirational children and families it helps. She was inspired to help and to be a part of the WellChild Ambassador team.
Lauren is an actress best know for her roles as Mika Grainger in Waterloo Road and more recently as Nurse Chanetlle Lane in BBC1’s Holby City.
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Gillian first attended our 2008 Awards and was humbled by the bravery shown by so many of the children and young people living with complex medical conditions. She has since attended the Awards many times. As the internationally acclaimed Holistic Nutritionist and presenter of You Are What You Eat hit Channel 4 series that took the nation by storm, Gillian also appeared in the 2011 series of I’m a Celebrity, Get me out of Here.
Raised in Scotland, Gillian now travels extensively giving lectures and seminars to packed audiences. Her lifelong mission is to share her information and make the world a healthier place.
Sarah was so moved the work of WellChild that she offered to become more involved in what we do; Sarah very kindly agreed to become an Ambassador and continues to gather support for us across the country.
As an actress, Sarah is best known for her role as Shannon Donnelly-Lawson in Footballers Wives and its ITV2 spin-off Footballers’ Wives: Extra Time.
Follow Sarah on Twitter @sarahbarrand