Jeremy Vine becomes latest Patron
The Motor Neurone Disease Association has named presenter, author and broadcaster Jeremy Vine as its newest Patron. Jeremy will support the charity’s national profile, fundraising and campaigning work, having spent the last two years as Patron of the West London and Middlesex Branch of the MND Association – a role he will continue alongside his new position.
“The MND Association does brilliant work for people who have been struck down by one of the most debilitating illnesses ever known. I am absolutely delighted – and incredibly humbled – to come on board as the charity’s Patron. I have met so many remarkable people living with MND since I first connected with the Association, and I look forward to doing what I can to help in the future, both on a national and local level”.
Sally Light, Chief Executive of the MND Association said:
“Through his local Branch Jeremy has learnt so much about the devastation caused by this progressive and ultimately fatal disease, and has really become a champion for people living with MND, and their families. We are grateful to him for helping raise the profile of the disease nationally, and we are thrilled he has agreed to become a Patron in recognition of the commitment he has shown to our work”.
Since July 2015 Jeremy’s support of the organisation has included
- Tweeting about our work to the 601k people who follow @theJeremyVine.
- Interviewing one of our trustees, who had MND, live on Radio 2, about the daily realities of living with the disease.
- Chairing a round-table discussion group of partner organisations (like the RCGP and RCN) about how to implement the NICE guideline on MND in a way that best supports people living with the disease.
- Donating auction prizes to help raise money for the Association’s work, locally and nationally.
- Appearing on Pointless Celebrities on our behalf.
- Joining Zoe Ball and Strictly professional dancers to help organise a Strictly Come Dancing themed fundraising event which raised £73,000.
- Recording a video message in support of our Campaign Contacts (volunteers who lobby local and national government to improve the lives of people living with MND).
- Proactively nominating the Association as a benefiting charity in a breakfast radio show charity competition.
- Attending events for the West London & Middlesex Branch, including a five-a-side football match.
Jeremy joins the MND Association’s existing patrons, including Professor Stephen Hawking (who has lived with MND since 1963) and Good Morning Britain presenter Charlotte Hawkins (who lost her father to MND in 2015). Most recently Eddie Redmayne (who raised the global profile of MND with his Oscar winning performance in The Theory Of Everything) and Benedict Cumberbatch (who played Stephen Hawking in a BBC drama in 2004) were named Patrons of the Association in October 2015.