David Walliams OBE
The comedian, actor, TV-judge and No 1 children’s author has supported The Children’s Trust for several years and visited our headquarters in Tadworth on a number of occasions, including dropping-in on Christmas Day when he delighted everyone with a reading from his latest book. David has generously given a lot of time to The Children’s Trust, hosting fundraising events and reading to the children, which brightens their spirits and helps with their rehabilitation.
The popular TV and Heart radio presenter was announced as Ambassador of The Children’s Trust in January 2019 and she will kick off her ambassadorial duties by taking part in the Virgin Money London Marathon and the Royal Parks Half Marathon in October. Jenni has been involved with the charity since 2009, and during this time has made several trips to the National Specialist Centre in Tadworth, seeing for herself the life-changing work undertaken by staff to help children and young people with brain injury relearn skills they have lost. Jenni has helped the charity to raise thousands of pounds for treatment and equipment by running two London Marathons in 2009 and 2014 and hosting several fundraising events.
The Hollywood actress, who is passionate about raising awareness of brain injury after her sister Natasha Richardson sadly died from a brain injury in 2009, became involved with The Children’s Trust when she agreed to voice the BBC Radio 4 Appeal for the charity in June 2017. Joely wanted to visit our national specialist site as soon as she heard about our work and spent time with staff, children and young people. Joely also met with Medical Director and Consultant Paediatrician, Professor Gareth Morgan and Dr Carolyn Dunford to discuss brain injury research. Joely has subsequently visited again and has also supported us at the Circus Event in London with her mother Vanessa Redgrave as well as reading at the Candlelit Christmas Concert.
The award-winning actress consistently lends her support to The Children's Trust, hosting special events, visiting the children here and promoting the charity in any way she can. Amanda is a particular supporter of The Children’s Trust School and has voiced videos and adverts for the charity. She has also volunteered at one of our charity shops.
Jacqueline Gold CBE
One of the UK's most successful businesswomen, Jacqueline Gold has supported us for several years, having a special connection with the charity. Her son, Alfie received specialist care here. In May 2012 Jacqueline unveiled a plaque to mark the opening of parents' accommodation at the centre.
The Top Gear presenter has an understanding of brain injury after having sustained a brain injury himself. He opened our Archie Norman building and supported the launch of our website providing information to parents on acquired brain injury, the Brain Injury Hub.
Journalist and BBC news presenter, Nicholas Owen has supported a large number of events for the charity, including as MC for the 30th Anniversary dinner and host for the annual Christmas Concert. Nicholas, who lives in the area, enjoys visiting our specialist centre, meeting children and staff.
Elaine Paige OBE
Britain's first lady of musical theatre, singer and actress has been involved with The Children's Trust since the 1980s when she first presented the charity with a minibus. Since then she has remained a faithful supporter, visiting regularly and hosting fundraising events including the Elaine Paige Clay Pigeon Shoot.
The former cricket ace is local to The Children's Trust and a regular visitor. Phil, now a popular television presenter, comes to many of our events and spearheads our fundraiser, National Doughnut Week.
The singer and actress became an Ambassador in 2015 and has supported the charity since 2011. Holly spoke passionately about the work of The Children’s Trust at the Global Fashion Awards when she attended as a presenter on behalf of the charity. She and husband Nick Candy hosted a fundraising event at the Tower of London.
Sophia, a member of 2012 Paralympics Great Britain Team, and a TV commentator has cerebral palsy and a special connection to the charity as she received specialist treatment at The Children's Trust in the 1980s. She enjoys visiting the children and speaking on behalf of the charity at events.