Celebrities pledging their support for charities is a tradition as old as time. And while some A-list charity patrons are well known, the list below may have just slipped under your radar.
Celebrity Bake Off winner and TV chef Nadia is currently gracing our screens on BBC2’s Nadiya’s Time to Eat. The mum-of-three is the patron of both the Starlight Children’s Foundation – the national children’s charity ‘dedicated to brightening the lives of seriously ill children and their families’ – and WaterAid – the UK water charity dedicated to providing clean water and toilets to communities around the world.
Singing sensation Jessie J is a patron of Make-A-Wish UK, the children’s charity helping to grant life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses.
Speaking about her appointment on This Morning in 2016, the 31-year-old said:“It’s the most inspiring charity I’ve ever been able to work with.
“I feel honoured and humbled to be asked to become a patron. I’ve worked for the charity for years and this week is so exciting for me to know that the public will get to know about this charity and what it does for the young people and the families.”
Actress, Celebrity Masterchef winner and TV chef Lisa is currently brightening up our weekends alongside fiancé John Torode in John and Lisa’s Weekend Kitchen. Lisa is the patron of Grief Encounter, a charity which supports bereaved children and their families with a number of free services.
On their website the mum-of-one says, “My mum died when I was 16 and I know this experience has shaped who I am today. I remember her being ill for a couple of years, but was preoccupied with making friends and going out like any other teenager. Once she died I found that I couldn’t identify with anyone and felt completely alone.
“I wish Grief Encounter had existed when I was younger; thank goodness it now does and supports bereaved children. I’m honoured to be a Grief Encounter Patron and help spread the word that support is available.”
Multi-award-winning comedian, actor and writer, Miranda, is the patron of Spear and SpearHead – a charity offering a free, six-week employability course for to help young people aged 16-24 facing disadvantage into work or education.
Talking about her commitment to the charity in an interview with Chief Executive Tom Jackson, the 46-year-old said, “I wanted to work with a charity that supports young people and makes my heart skip. That’s why I chose Spear.”
Newsreader and Antiques Roadshow presenter Fiona is a patron of Refuge, a charity which provides specialist support to women, children and some men escaping domestic violence and other forms of violence.
On her role, the 55-year-old said, “I was honoured to be asked by Refuge to become a patron and I immediately accepted. Without Refuge, hundreds of women and children would have nowhere to go. No one to help them escape daily horrors in their own homes.”