The female celebrities you didn’t realise were charity patrons revealed

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  • 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.

    Nadiya Hussain

    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.

    Jessie J

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    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.”

    Lisa Faulkner

    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.”

    Miranda Hart

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    Right so here’s me no make, no filter (nothing new there if you know me!). I am aware that even lying down taking a selfie like that can still be misunderstood. Due to some fame and success, and even without, we can project anything and everything on to photos we see online. You might think “look at her, not a care in the world”. I know I have done that myself in the past. And it’s why I choose not to follow all friends on social media but use it for learning and inspiration and charitable work. That’s not the point. The point is this – a friend of mine told me today that someone had said to her that her life was perfect and she shouldn’t complain (by looking at Instagram) and my friend went home and cried. Her life is not perfect (nobody’s is) and in her case she has been through a lot including a stroke at a young age. I am saying nothing new about the upset caused by projection and comparison. But I think as bad is when people feel misunderstood and unheard because of another’s projection. We all need to treat ourselves as fellow humans in a struggle at the same time in history. Circumstances do not dictate the internal. All this to say – I have an idea. Would you be interested to know the reality behind a lot of my posts if I did a series based on that. Would that be interesting, fun and helpful I wonder? Or not? The reality behind this slightly odd selfie is that I have gone over on my ankle and I can’t walk properly. I need to get a friend to take me to a physio. I feel exhausted. And I am very anxious as anything medical is a massive fear so even going to a physio clinic is terrifying for me. I may be able to get on stage at the 02 and do a stand up set but I am a wreck even walking or driving past a hospital for example. I am not going to share my life story right now! But that’s a snippet behind this silly pic. And I am definitely not complaining about it. “It is what it is”. To all those that compare or project, as you start to feel intrigue and compassion to people behind their external mask you will be able to show that kindness to yourself too, and that's where freedom & change begins. ❤️❤️❤️

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    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.”

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    Fiona Bruce

    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.”

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