Patrons and Ambassadors

We are delighted to receive the support of some fantastic names from the world of showbiz. If you would like to find out more about them please click on their profile.

PATRONS & CAMPAIGN AMBASSADORS

Dame Judi Dench

Dame Judi Dench photography by Sarah Dunn www.sarahdunn.com

Dame Judi Dench

Patron

“For many years now I have been a Patron of Baby Lifeline, a unique national charity that supports the care of pregnant women and newborn babies all over the UK.

Founded by Judy Ledger in 1981, following the personal loss of three premature babies, I am proud to say that this small charity has managed to raise over £10 million to purchase vital equipment in maternity units. It also provides specialist training to many thousands of health professionals, such as midwives, obstetricians, GPs, paramedics and more.

Baby Lifeline is now in the midst of its most ambitious appeal so far – ‘Monitoring for Mums’, which is striving to raise £5 million to fund urgently needed fetal monitoring equipment requested by NHS hospitals all over the country, with the aim of reducing the number of stillbirths and literally saving babies’ lives.

Please support us in any way you can? Funds raised will make such a difference to so many of our mums to be and their unborn and new born babies – our future generation.”

Bio

Dame Judith Olivia “Judi” Dench, CH, DBE, FRSA is an English actress and author. Dench made her professional debut in 1957 with the Old Vic Company. Over the following few years, she performed in several of Shakespeare’s plays in such roles as Ophelia in Hamlet, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, and Lady Macbeth in Macbeth. Although most of her work during this period was in theatre, she also branched into film work and won a BAFTA Award as Most Promising Newcomer. She drew strong reviews for her leading role in the musical Cabaret in 1968.

Over the next two decades, Dench established herself as one of the most significant British theatre performers, working for the National Theatre Company and the Royal Shakespeare Company. She achieved success in television during this period, in the series A Fine Romance from 1981 until 1984, and in 1992 with a starring role in the romantic comedy series As Time Goes By. Her film appearances were infrequent and included supporting roles in major films such as A Room with a View (1986) supporting Maggie Smith, before she rose to international fame as M in GoldenEye (1995), a role she continued to play in James Bond films until Skyfall (2012).

A seven-time Oscar nominee, Dench won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Queen Elizabeth I in Shakespeare in Love and has received nominations for her roles in Mrs Brown (1997), Chocolat (2000), Iris (2001), Mrs Henderson Presents (2005), Notes on a Scandal (2006), and Philomena (2013). She has also received many award nominations for her acting in theatre, film and television; her competitive awards include six British Academy Film Awards, four BAFTA TV Awards, seven Olivier Awards, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, two Golden Globes, and a Tony Award. She has also received the BAFTA Fellowship (2001) and the Special Olivier Award (2004). In June 2011, she received a fellowship from the British Film Institute (BFI). Dench is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA).

David Tennant

David Tennant

Campaign Ambassador

“It is unthinkable that any child might die that has a chance at life. Baby Lifeline strives to make sure every new baby has all the facilities, care and opportunity they deserve.

Nothing is more important than new life. Please help this amazing charity to do all they can to give the next generation the safest and best possible start.”

Bio

David Tennant was born David John McDonald in West Lothian, Scotland, to Essdale Helen (McLeod) and Sandy McDonald, who was a Presbyterian minister. He is of Scottish and Ulster-Scots descent. When he was about 3 or 4 years old, he decided to become an actor, inspired by his love of Doctor Who (1963).

He was brought up in Bathgate, West Lothian and Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland and was a huge fan of the band The Proclaimers. He attended Paisley Grammar school and while there he wrote about how he wanted to become a professional actor and play the role of the Doctor in Doctor Who (1963).

He made his first television appearance (which was also his first professional acting job) when he was 16, after his father sent some photos of him to a casting director at Scottish television. He also attended a youth theatre group at weekends run by the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (RSAMD – now renamed the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland [RCS]). When he was 16 he auditioned for and won a place at the RSAMD; the youngest student to ever do so, and started as a full time drama student when he was 17.

He worked regularly in theatre and TV after leaving drama school, and his first big break came in 1994 when he was cast in a lead role in the Scottish drama Takin’ Over the Asylum (1994). He then moved to London where his career thrived. Amongst other things, he spent several years as a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company, and became famous from his lead roles in TV dramas Blackpool (2004) and Casanova (2005).

In 2005, his childhood wish came true. David was cast to play the role of the Doctor in Doctor Who (2005) alongside Billie Piper, after Christopher Eccleston decided to leave. Playing the Doctor made him a household name. Since leaving the series in 2010 his career has continued to rise, with lead roles in films, TV series and theatre.

Nick Owen

Nick Owen

Patron

“I met Founder Judy Ledger many years ago on the set of TV-am, when Anne Diamond and I presented her story of losing three premature babies consecutively, and, of course, starting Baby Lifeline.

I have been a Patron of the charity since then. I’ve seen it grow from strength to strength, providing specialist training to many thousands of maternity health care health professionals and vital equipment for maternity and neonatal units nationwide, and, in the case of training, worldwide.

Baby Lifeline’s ‘Monitoring for Mums’ is striving to raise £5 million to fund urgently needed monitoring equipment requested by NHS hospitals all over the country, with the aim of reducing the number of stillbirths and literally saving babies’ lives.

Please support this exciting and much needed campaign in any way you can.”

Bio

He started broadcasting at BBC Radio Birmingham before joining ATV’s sports department, covering the World Cup in 1982. When Central won the Independent Television franchise, Nick became a general presenter and teamed up with Anne Diamond. In 1983 he joined TV-am as a sports presenter, but took over the main presenting role within eight weeks.

In 2006, he was awarded the Baird Medal by the Royal Television Society for lifelong achievement in television, and in 2010 he was named UK Speaker of the Year. He was made an honorary Doctor of Letters by the University of Worcester in 2013. He has presented BBC Midlands Today since 1997.

Nick is a father of four children. He’s a huge football and cricket fan; he is a past president of Derbyshire County Cricket Club and current chairman of Luton Town Football Club. He published his autobiography, In the Time of Nick, in 2004. He now lives with his partner, Vicki Beevers, in Staffordshire.

Campaign Ambassadors

Kellie Bright

Kellie Bright

“I was delighted to receive a letter from Dame Judi Dench to accept the role of Ambassador for Baby Lifeline and its Monitoring for Mums £5 million appeal. Dame Judi has been a Patron of this unique mother and baby charity for many years, and I am proud to join her and others to support the care of our pregnant women and their babies.

As Mum to my lovely sons Freddy and Gene, and having experienced good pregnancies and births, I cannot praise the maternity professionals who provided my care, enough. I often tell people that if I hadn’t become an actress, I would like to have been a midwife! That’s how much admiration I have for the profession!

By supporting the Monitoring for Mums appeal, funds much needed to further equip maternity and neonatal units nationwide, will make such a difference.

I am also proud to launch the UK M.U.M (Maternity Unit Miracle) Awards™, and ask you to nominate your maternity healthcare teams outlining their excellent care. Information can be found here.”

Bio

Kellie Bright’s theatre work includes various productions at the Royal Exchange, Manchester including the title role in Mary Barton, Cold Meat Party, Snake in the Fridge, The Seagull, (for which she was nominated for the 2003 Ian Charleson Award) and Palace of the End . She also starred in Incomplete Random Acts of Kindness (Royal Court), Paul (Royal National Theatre), and as Jess in the critically acclaimed Love and Money (The Young Vic). She has recently performed at Shakespeare’s Globe in King Lear as Regan and The Front Line as Casey and most recently starred in Crawling in the Dark at the Almeida.

Her television appearances include Eastenders, Vera, The Tom and Jerry Show, Casualty, Great Night Out, One Night, Horne and Corden, Hotel Babylon, New Tricks, The Catherine Tate Show, Come Rain or Come Shine (Yorkshire TV), Rock ‘N Chips (BBC), Vital Signs (Tiger Aspect), Jericho (Granada), Silent Witness , Cor Blimey, Nature Boy (BBC), The House That Jack Built (Alomo Productions), It Must Be Love (Yorkshire Television) and seven series of The Upper Hand (Carlton). In addition Kelly can be seen in the feature films: Kinky Boots (Harbour Pictures), Imagine Me and You (Couger Films) and Inda House – Ali G (Working Title/Universal).

Erin Boag

Erin Boag

“I am delighted to accept the role of Ambassador for Baby Lifeline and its Monitoring for Mums £5 million appeal.

By supporting the Monitoring for Mums appeal, funds much needed to further equip maternity and neonatal units nationwide, will make such a difference.

As a Mum to little Ewan who was born by emergency caesarean section in April 2014, I am grateful to the maternity healthcare professionals who looked after us so well, and so proudly announce the launch of the UK M.U.M (Maternity Unit Miracle) Awards™.

I ask you to share your stories and nominate your maternity healthcare teams outlining their excellent care. Information can be found here.”

Bio

Brilliant and glamorous, Erin is best known for having competed in 10 series of Strictly Come Dancing and for her 20 year partnership on the dance floor with Anton Du Beke. Her most notable Strictly partners were Julian Clary with whom she came 3rd, with Colin Jackson coming 2nd, footballer Peter Schmeichel, Austin Healey, Eastender Ricky Groves, Rory Bremner and lastly TV critic Richard Arnold. Erin partnered Colin a second time to win the 2009 Christmas Special.

Born in New Zealand where she began dancing at the age of 3, Erin’s enduring professional partnership with Anton started when she arrived in the UK to continue her life as a competitive ballroom dancer. They went on to win many international competitions including titles in the UK, New Zealand and Canada before joining the original team of professional dancers recruited for the first series of Strictly. Having left the show to start a family – she gave birth to her son Ewan in 2014.

Erin continues to dance with Anton starring in their national tours for Raymond Gubbay Ltd. 2018 will see the 10th anniversary tour – ‘Anton and Erin – from Broadway to Hollywood’. Not only does Erin dance in the shows, she has been known to sing a song or two and is responsible for the creating the overall look of the shows. Her other live theatre shows include appearances in ‘Proms in the Park’ and at Royal Albert Hall in ‘Christmas Cracker’.

Erin has achieved great success as a speaker. She has her audience ‘dancing’ in their seats, tells them the remarkable back stage stories she has gathered over the years and takes some of her wonderful dresses along for the audiences to see close up. She also runs highly successful dance classes throughout the year in Kingston on Thames.

Her other television appearances include Proms in the Park, Celebrity Pointless, Len Goodman’s Dancing Feet, Celebrity Mastermind, Ask Rhod Gilbert; the Piers Morgan’s Life Stories; Test the Nation; the National TV Awards; the Royal Variety Performance; Save the Children; the Alan Titchmarsh Show, The Truth about You; Hole in the Wall; It Takes 2, Good Morning Britain and Strictly Dance Fever. In the 2009 series for Sky 1’s ‘Ballroom High’ Erin took teenagers from Eltham on a dance journey which took them from South London to starring in a show at Blackpool’s Tower Ballroom

Anton du Beke

Anton du Beke

“As a proud new Father to healthy twins, a daughter and son, I applaud the exceptional care given by our maternity professionals, in bringing our children into the world.

The Baby Lifeline £5 million Monitoring for Mums campaign, is a fantastic appeal to provide much needed equipment for maternity and neonatal units nationwide.

The equipment will support the care of pregnant women and their babies, and I am delighted to be a part of such a great campaign as an Ambassador.

I ask everyone to get involved and have fun raising money that will truly make such a difference.”

Bio

Anton Du Beke is one of the most instantly recognisable figures in the world of dance today. Affectionately known as ‘the king of ballroom’ and a familiar sight on television, he is best known for appearing in all 14 series of the BBC hit show ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ aired to date.

He is possibly most famed for his pairing with the formidable Ann Widdecombe – with comedic routines reaching a record 11.9 million viewers and causing nothing short of a nationwide sensation. With the viewing public’s support he has also made ballroom belles of leading ladies including Lesley Garrett, Dame Esther Rantzen, Jerry Hall, Judy Murray, Katie Derham and Lesley Joseph to name but a few.

Anton’s interest in dance started at the age of fourteen when he was sent to a local dance class in Sevenoaks, Kent, to meet his sister one evening. Starting off as a Ballroom dancer, instantly hooked, he went on to study Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz and Modern theatre dance and began competing by the age of seventeen.

He teamed-up with Erin Boag in 1997 to form an enduring professional partnership which would see them win many national and international awards before being spotted by the BBC for the pilot of ‘Strictly’. The pair continue to tour nationwide every year with full orchestra-backed productions, and perform each Christmas at the Royal Albert Hall. Anton’s natural abilities to dance – and sing – continue to captivate audiences, and the performances are regular sell-outs.

His quick wit, style and charm, combined with such broad appeal as an entertainer, have seen Anton present popular daytime programmes such as ‘Step Up To The Plate’ and ‘Hole In The Wall’, as well as appearing on some of TV’s most popular chat and quiz shows including ‘A Question Of Sport’ where his sporting knowledge comes to the fore. Not just an avid sports fan, Anton is in fact an accomplished golfer with a handicap of 5 – his competitive streak extending from the ballroom to the fairways!

The ever-popular and consummate entertainer, Anton is in year round demand and is highly sought after as a host and compère.

Anton actively supports a number of charities including Nordoff Robbins, The NSPCC, CHUF, and the Not Forgotten Association.

Nathan Hughes

Nathan Hughes

“Every expectant mother should have the confidence that their baby will be looked after with the best medical equipment and training, regardless of personal circumstance.

As an Ambassador for the Monitoring for Mums appeal to raise £5 million for maternity and neonatal monitoring equipment, I ask you all to support such an amazing campaign that will make such a difference to our mothers and babies.”

Bio

Born in Lautoka, Fiji Nathan moved to New Zealand when he was 17 on a school scholarship to play rugby. After finishing high school, he was signed into the Auckland Rugby Academy, and played his first professional rugby match in 2011 for the Auckland Provincial team at the age of 20.

In 2013 Nathan decided to move to the United Kingdom to further pursue his professional career with Wasps, who were at the time based in London.
Nathan got married in 2014 back in Fiji, and the following year his wife gave birth to their first son in New Zealand.

After moving to the Midlands in 2016, resulting from the move of Wasps to Coventry, Nathan made his international debut for England Rugby at the end of the year, coming off the bench against South Africa.

Nathan and his wife are now expecting their second child, a girl, in November this year.

Lilia Kopylova

Lilia Kopylova

“Baby Lifeline’s work and it’s £5 million Monitoring for Mums campaign, is fantastic!

The monitoring equipment asked for by most of our UK maternity and neonatal units, will support the care of thousands of pregnant women and their babies, and I am therefore delighted to be an Ambassador for such a great campaign.

As a Mum to little Valentina Rose, I am grateful for the dedicated care given to me by our health professionals, and ask for your support to help to raise the funds needed in any way you can.

What a difference we can all make together!”

Shaun Rankin

Shaun Rankin

“Baby Lifeline is a unique charity and I am proud to be supporting them in their mission to provide support, training and essential lifesaving equipment. The charity is important to both myself and my wife Cheryl and we will do all we can to draw attention to the amazing work done by Baby Lifeline.”

Bio

Shaun Rankin is Jersey’s most renowned and accredited chef. He has spent the majority of his career in Jersey, Channel Islands, and has held a Michelin star since 2005. After being named British Chef of the Year in 2006 by the Independent, he shot to culinary fame in 2009 in BBC Two’s Great British Menu with his now famous Treacle Tart, and in 2010 launched his TV series ‘Island Feast’ accompanied by the book ‘Seasoned Islands’.

In May 2013 he opened the highly anticipated ‘Ormer’ restaurant bringing a sophisticated restaurant, bar and private dining venue to the centre of St Helier, Jersey. The restaurant received a Michelin star only four months after opening and has since received 3AA Rosettes and won ‘Restaurant of the Year – Best Newcomer’ in the coveted Food and Travel Magazine Awards 2014. In June 2017, Ormer Jersey was crowned ‘Fine Dining Restaurant of the Year’ at the inaugural Jersey Style Awards.

In December 2013 Shaun opened his own delicatessen ‘Don Street Deli’ adjacent to Ormer. The Deli offers luxury retail products, items from local Island producers and fresh artisan food offerings.

In March 2016 Shaun began his partnership with Flemings Mayfair Hotel. He was signed to the hotel as part of their £14million refurbishment programme. His new restaurant within the hotel, Ormer Mayfair, launched with great fanfare in September 2016.

Shaun and Ormer Mayfair played a starring role in 2017 Masterchef UK when the restaurant became a location for the programme. The contestants were put to the test in the professional kitchen under Shaun’s careful guidance.
Shaun is a celebrity ambassador for Teenage Cancer Trust, Caring Cooks of Jersey and Baby Lifeline.

Bob Moran

Bob Moran

“Our beautiful daughter, Poppy, was born in 2013 with brain damage caused by hypoxia during labour. Everyday, she has to cope with reduced mobility, impaired vision and epileptic seizures. We are immensely proud that Poppy is starting mainstream primary school this year. She has had to endure so much and work so hard to achieve what other people take for granted. But had the proper monitoring equipment been made available during labour, all of this hardship may have been avoided. Baby Lifeline’s mission to ensure that all expectant mothers receive the appropriate monitoring is absolutely vital. No unborn baby in the UK should have to suffer in silence. I am very honoured to be working with Baby Lifeline to help make that a reality.”

Bio

Bob Moran is an award-winning cartoonist and illustrator based in Hampshire, UK. He has been the Daily Telegraph’s weekend cartoonist since 2011 and in 2015 was awarded the Gilray Goblet for Political Cartoon of the Year by the Political Cartoon Society. The same year, Bob created the animated short film, ‘Father’s Days’, about the birth of his daughter.

The film received over two million views and is now used by medical practitioners and therapists all over the world. ‘Father’s Days’ was shortlisted for a World Illustration Award by the AOI and was an Honoree at the 2016 Webby Awards. Bob continues to work towards raising awareness of children with disabilities through personal projects and work with charities. He lives with his wife, Sally, and children, Poppy and Dillon.

Andy Kluge

Andrew Kluge

“I feel very honoured to accept the invitation to be an Ambassador for this appeal. Baby Lifeline is a fabulous charity and this appeal is amazing and obviously one that is very close to our company’s heart too. The Monitoring for Mums campaign will make a real difference to medical staff & families throughout the UK – something we and our customers all care about deeply.

I look forward to working with you to help raise the £5million that you need for the Monitoring for Mums appeal. The team here at Cosatto are all equally excited to see what we can do to help spread awareness for Baby Lifeline and together raise some money for a brilliant cause.”

Bio

Andrew Kluge, an entrepreneur who started his own business at 16, acquired baby brand Cosatto in 2003. He originally started up in business, designing and manufacturing raincovers and pushchair accessories. He still fully owns and manages Cosatto today. He is an inspiring leader who fosters an inclusive, fun and values driven culture where the team are encouraged to take responsibility and challenged to push forward with new thinking and ideas. This is how Cosatto evolved into the much-loved brand it is today.