Meet our Patrons
Our patrons play a key role in supporting us to deliver cancer care to patients
We are so proud to have such a dedicated selection of Patrons. They have all been vitally important for us, using their voice to raise awareness for Hope for Tomorrow, whether it be through the media or supporting us at events and spreading the word of our charity.
Lord Ian MacLaurin, Honorary Life President
Ian joined our Founder, Christine, as a Trustee and Chairman when she started the Charity in 2003. Having served on the board for 13 years he is now Honorary Life President. Ian is a British businessman who has worked at Tesco, eventually becoming Chief Executive and Chairman and subsequently at Vodafone as Chairman. Ian brings a wealth of experience and support to Hope for Tomorrow.
Ross Brawn OBE
Ross is one of the most successful and innovative Technical Directors in Formula 1 history. Ross says “Most of us have been affected by cancer in one way or another, either directly or with loved ones. I lost my mother to cancer so I have always been very keen to support the team at Hope for Tomorrow because they are clearly making a difference to the lives of people battling against cancer”.
Gloria Hunniford OBE
“I was delighted to become a Patron of Hope for Tomorrow and to be a small part of this amazing charity. I am thrilled that the Mobile Cancer Care Unit in East Kent is named Caron. Travelling for cancer treatment is difficult, Hope for Tomorrow have identified this problem and it’s just amazing to see how their Mobile Cancer Care Units make life easier for so many patients”.
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David Richards CBE
David Richards is a former World Rally Champion and the Founder and Chairman of Prodrive, one of the world’s leading motorsport and advanced technology businesses. David says “I was honoured to launch the Mobile Cancer Care Unit for Cornwall, named ‘Dorothy’, in memory of my grandmother, who sadly died of cancer. I am sure that had one of Hope for Tomorrow’s Mobile Cancer Care Units existed in those days, she may well have lived for many years longer.”
Derek Bell MBE
Derek raced in Formula 1, but more memorably in sports cars, winning 2 world championships, 5 times the Le Mans 24 hour race and 3 times at the Daytona 24h and was awarded an MBE in 1986 for his services to motorsport.
Derek says “What Hope for Tomorrow has achieved is incredible, and I am more than proud to be a small cog in that dynamic wheel”.
David Brabham was one of the world’s elite sports car racers, a triple Le Mans 24 Hours class-winner, double American Le Mans Series Champion and former Formula 1 driver.
David says “It’s an honour to be a Patron for Hope for Tomorrow and to support their vital work. My father, Sir Jack Brabham, supported the charity and it’s a pleasure to continue the association he established.”
Geoffrey and his wife Ina founded a successful nationwide fleet management company, which became the largest independent fleet management group in the UK.
Geoffrey says “The invitation to become a Patron was very humbling and I feel very privileged to be a part of this dynamic organisation”.
Martin enjoyed 10 seasons of F1 racing and won Le Mans and Daytona 24 hour races, along with the World Sportscar Championship, before moving to the commentary box working with ITV and BBC. He is currently a lead commentator with Sky Sports F1. Martin says “It’s always been clear to me that the Charity is well organised and very efficient, and makes a significant difference to the lives of cancer sufferers and their families, at a most crucial time”.
During his high performance career Nick has worked with Ford, Aston Martin, Prodrive, British American Racing and Honda F1, which led to a management buyout to create Brawn GP Championships, who won both the constructor and driver 2009 F1 World championship.
Nick transitioned to a UK Business Ambassador role, consultant and venture capitalist. Nick continues to play a very active role in the world of Sport, Engineering and Business, as well as being an ambitious, supportive Patron of Hope for Tomorrow.
Paula began her career in publishing producing a monthly business newsletter. As an offshoot to this Paula set up a mail order book business called Success Classics Library — her bestseller was a book called The Lazy Man’s Way to Riches selling some 180,000 copies. In the 1970’s Paula sold the newsletter business and with the proceeds bought a property in the South West, her first tenants were charity Founder Christine and her husband David. Paula says this was the beginning of a very happy relationship.