We enjoy support from some pretty amazing people who represent the wide range of activities we're involved with. Meet our patrons and ambassadors...
Our patrons and ambassadors:
Believe in the aims of Happy Days Children's Charity and motivate others to get involved
Support our work and encourage people to raise valuable funds to help the development of children coping with difficulties
Generate awareness of our campaigns and achievements
We're aiming to bring on board even more people to support our work - so we'd love to hear from you if you could help!
Film and Television
Dame Joan Collins, DBE, is an actress, author and columnist well known for her role as Alexis in the 1980's soap opera Dynasty, for which she won a Golden Globe Award. In 1983, she also received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for career achievement.
She was made a Dame in 2015 for services to charity.
Lesley Lawson is an English model, actress, and singer widely known by her nickname Twiggy. She was a British cultural icon and a prominent teenage model in swinging sixties London. After modelling, Twiggy enjoyed a successful career as a screen, stage, and television actress, winning two Golden Globe Awards.
Dame Joan Plowright, DBE, is a retired actress whose career has spanned over six decades. She has won two Golden Globe Awards and a Tony Award and has been nominated for an Academy Award, an Emmy and two BAFTA Awards. She is also one of only four actresses to have won two Golden Globes in the same year.
Journalism and Social Media
Valerie Singleton OBE, is a television and radio presenter best known as a former presenter of the popular children's series Blue Peter. She went on to present the BBC Radio 4 "PM" programme for ten years, as well as a series of radio and television programmes on financial and business issues. In 1994 she was awarded the OBE for her services to children's TV.
Marcus Thomlinson is the founder of the Mindset Revolution, an organisation that helps individuals and businesses become more profitable and successful through coaching, mentoring and training. As well as being a qualified Boatmaster and a semi-proffesional singer-songwriter, Marcus indulges in the odd spot of firebreathing in his spare time - just for fun!
Nick Hancock has worked predominantly in print and is a freeman of the City of London. He has helped companies such as Konica Minolta, Sharp Electronics, Kodak and Xerox grow their business in the commercial world and is a prolific networker.
He enjoys helping others achieve the best they can do. A good all-rounder, we are told!
Art and Literature
Tom Kelly’s debut novel “The Thing with Finn” won the Irish Book Award in 2007, was shortlisted for the Children’s Book award and was runner up for Waterstone’s best first novel. His plays have featured on BBC Radio and on stage at the Young Vic theatre. Tom lives in Hereford with his wife and three daughters, which provides him with plenty of comedy material.
Comedy and Performing Arts
Health and Wellbeing
Chris Fooks has worked in the financial services industry for nearly 20 years and is the founder member and director of Lacuna Will and Legacy Planning. He is a father of 4 and also enjoys playing and singing guitar. Chris thinks he should have been a rock star, his wife and children think differently. He strongly believes in the service to his fellow man and that the noblest art of all is making other people happy.
Science and Nature
Other Notable Patrons
Ralph Percy is the 12th Duke of Northumberland. He attended Eton College, studied history at the University of Oxford, and then land management at Reading University. He worked in the Arundel Castle estate office for seven years, before moving back to Northumberland to manage the Alnwick estate.