Patrons & Ambassadors
Women’s Aid has enlisted the support of high-profile individuals to help promote the message that domestic violence is unacceptable.
Our Patrons: Sarah Brown, Dame Jenni Murray and Julie Walters CBE
Our Ambassadors: Will Young, Kevin Whately, Bill Ward, Tana and Gordon Ramsay, Charlie Webster
Find out about our other celebrity supporters, and what they said on our 30th birthday.
Jahmene Douglas, Ambassador for Children and Young People
Jahmene joined Women's in December 2012, Jahmene, Along with his mother Mandy Thomas, Jahmene and his siblings have been helped by Women’s Aid as they escaped their abusive father, and have lived in refuges all over the country.
Having lived with abuse Jahmene says “When you stand on the right mountains you can see the beauty of life. I want to front Women’s Aid and help to make it a mountain of strength, a sanctuary for those who need it and I’m proud to be part of its foundations.”
Sarah Brown, Women’s Aid Patron
Sarah Brown joined Women’s Aid as our 30th Birthday Patron in 2004 and Women’s Aid were fortunate enough to launch our 30th Birthday year at a reception at 11 Downing Street later that year. Sarah continues to demonstrate an ongoing commitment to our work and currently sits on Women’s Aid’s Corporate Development Board (for further details of the Corporate Development Board, please contact Lucy on 0117 983 7128.
“I believe whole-heartedly in Women's Aid's work to end domestic violence. I consider myself fortunate never to have experienced abuse and wish that all women were as lucky as I am. No one should be mentally, physically or emotionally abused by someone they live with, everyone has a right to feel safe in their own home.”
Julie Walters CBE, Women’s Aid Patron
Julie, a household name, became a Women’s Aid patron in 2004 and has since supported a range of Women’s Aid’s work, including the 30th Birthday year activities.
Former Pop Idol Will became Women’s Aid’s first Ambassador in 2003 and has since dedicated a great deal of time getting to know our work and helping us out. He’s helped us raise money through a variety of contacts and performances (including an Ebay auction where he cleared out his wardrobe to raise money for charity!). Will’s speech and press work at the launch of The Hideout in April 2005 greatly contributed the launch’s success, ensuring thousands more children new that help was available through the site.
“Women’s Aid is a charity which I hold great respect for. I am proud to put my name beside this cause and hope that I may be able help more people affected by the terrors of domestic violence, as well as help to create a wider awareness within our society.” Will Young.
Kevin Whatley, Women’s Aid Ambassador
Many years ago Kevin, an actor best known for playing Sergeant Lewis in the acclaimed ITV show Inspector Morse, played an abusive husband in Trip Trap, a BBC drama. This gave him a unique insight into the reality of domestic violence and when we asked him to become our Ambassador in 2004, he agreed immediately as he understood the importance of Women’s Aid’s work. Kevin spoke at the launch of our 30th Birthday year and has since supported our work in a number of ways.
Bill Ward, Women’s Aid Ambassador
Bill, an actor, approached us when researching his role for Coronation Street and we haven’t let him get away since! Bill became a Women’s Aid Ambassador in 2005 and has worked tirelessly to support Women’s Aid through public awareness work. His support has been featured in The Sun, The Mirror and a range of other media to promote our work.
Tana and Gordon Ramsay
Having attended the 30th Birthday Event, Tana and Gordon went on to run the Flora Family Marathon for Women’s Aid (a scheme that encourages families across the UK to run the distance of a full Marathon between them whilst raising funds for celebrity families’ chosen charities).
For most people to complete this challenge once would be enough, however they both chose to run the Flora London Marathon for Women’s Aid again this year!
As well as raising vital funds for Women’s Aid the family have promoted our work through various media interviews including; The Telegraph, The Sun, The Scotsman and Tonight with Jonathan Ross.
Tana and Gordon became our Ambassadors in 2005. We are delighted to welcome them both as our newest recruits and as the first couple to sign-up to support Women’s Aid.
For further information on Women’s Aid’s Patrons, Ambassadors and celebrity supporters, please contact Lucy on 0117 983 7128.