Hear why our Patrons love Kids For Kids so much!

We are so grateful to our Patrons, friends and supporters for everything you do to help us. You are amazing, Thank You!

Find out why Dame Joanna Lumley DBE FRGS loves Kids for Kids

Our Patron, Dame Joanna Lumley DBE FRGS, talks to Patricia about Kids for Kids

Find out why Timothy West CBE supports Kids for Kids

Our Patron, Lord Cope, on the needs in Darfur and in support of Kids for Kids

Charlotte Hawkins explains why she supports Kids for Kids

Julie Etchingham explains what she loves about Kids for Kids

Our Patron Ruth Rendell on what made her support Kids fro Kids. She is dearly missed, please donate towards our water project in her memory and leave a message of tribute, thank you.

Meet Our Patrons

Dame Joanna Lumley DBE FRGS

Joanna Lumley is most known for being a British actress and presenter. Her role in Absolutely Fabulous won her two BAFTAs and she was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Featured Acress in a Play for the Broadway revival of La Bete. More recently Joanna hosted the 2019 BAFTA awards and presented ‘Joanna Lumley’s Silk Road Adventure’.

Joanna is a long term supporter of Kids for Kids. Joanna since has attended our Candlelit Christmas Concert for a number of years now as a Guest Reader – always a favourite! Joanna has supported our annual Ambassadors’ Ball for a number of years by providing Auction prizes including the chance to attend her show in 2018. In 2019 Joanna Lumley hosted the Concert and in 2020 during lockdown she challenged children to ‘Draw a Goat for Darfur’ and chose the winners herself!

Timothy West CBE

Timothy is a well-known English Actor and has appeared in film, TV, and stage productions. Timothy is known for appearing on EastEnders. Recently he travelled with his wife, Prunella Scales, putting together a series on Channel 4 titled ‘Great Canal Journeys’.

Timothy has always had a passion for looking after children who would otherwise suffer through drought, starvation or warfare. He has supported us over so many years, recognising the huge importance of the lifesaving work that Kids for Kids is doing in Darfur and how much support we need.

Miriam Margolyes OBE

Well known for her role as Professor Sprout in Harry Potter, Miriam is a veteran of stage and screen, and an award-winning actress. Winner of the BAFTA Best Supporting Actress in 1993 for The Age of Innocence, she also received Best Supporting Actress at the 1989 LA Critics Circle Awards for her role in Little Dorrit (1987).This year Miriam has been seen in the BBC TV Documentary, Miriam’s Big American Adventure, and is the voice of Queen Oofeefa in Early Man (2018).

In 2020 we welcomed Miriam as a Patron of Kids for Kids. Miriam has supported Kids for Kids for a number of years, attending our Candlelit Christmas Concert in Belgravia in 2017 and 2019 as a Guest Reader and supporting our Ambassadors’ Ball Auction for the past three years. Miriam has already been instrumental in helping us raise over £40,000 a year at these annual events. became a Patron of Kids for Kids in 2020

Sir David Suchet CBE

Sir David Suchet CBE is an English actor known for his work on stage and in television. He has received international acclaim and recognition following his performance as Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot (1989-2013), has portrayed Edward Teller in the television serial Oppenheimer (1980) and received the RTS and BPG awards for his performance as Augustus Melmotte in the British serial The Way We Live Now (2001). 

Sir David Suchet CBE has been a supporter of Kids for Kids since 2017, after appearing as a Guest Reader at our Candlelit Christmas Concert, and we are delighted to now welcome him as an esteemed Patron in 2024.

The Lord Cope of Berkeley PC

Lord Cope is a conservative party politician in the UK, who began his career serving as Member of Parliament for South Gloucestershire in 1974. In 1981 he served as Lord Commissioner of the Treasury, and then Treasurer of HM Household in 1983. More recently Lord Cope served as Opposition Chief Whip in the House of Lords. He retired from the House of Lords in May 2020.

Lord Cope has been a Patron of Kids for Kids almost since the organisation started in 2001 and has attended countless Candlelit Christmas Concerts as a Guest Reader. Lord Cope really believes in the importance of the practical help that Kids for Kids provides to families in villages so they can stay in their villages and not become refugees, ending up in IDP camps.

Eamonn Holmes OBE

Eamonn Holmes is a journalist and broadcaster who has worked on GMTV and Channel 5. He is well known for presenting ‘This Morning’ with his wife Ruth Langsford. He has also presented on Radio 5 Live, Radio 2 and TalkRadio. Eamonn was awarded an OBE in the 2018 New Years Honours List.

Eamonn became a Patron of Kids for Kids in 2015. “This is the most marvellous charity to be involved in. The most simple but wonderful solution – a goat! We are dealing with things that are people’s basic rights.” Eamonn has been superb, attending as Guest Reader to numerous of our Candlelit Christmas Concerts, as well as welcoming Patricia Parker (Founder and CEO) on air on TalkRadio to reach wider audiences about the great need in Darfur.

Julie Etchingham

Julie Etchingham is a journalist and television newsreader who has previously worked at the BBC, Sky News, and Channel 5. Julie currently works at ITV News as the presenter of their ‘Tonight’ programme. Julie was the first woman to be named Royal Television Society Presenter of the Year in 2010, an award she won again in April 2016.

Julie became a Kids for Kids patron in 2016 and has since hosted our Candlelit Christmas Concert multiple times, drawing in a huge number of supporters and explaining the importance of Kids for Kids to them. Julie has mentioned one of the reasons she supports Kids for Kids is due to the sheer breadth of its reach with the very simple idea of helping people to help themselves.

Dame Rosalind Marsden DCMG

Dame Rosalind is a British diplomat who served as British Ambassador to Sudan from 2007-2010 and as the EU Special Representative to Sudan from 2010 to 2013. Currently Dame Rosalind is an Associate Fellow in the Africa Programme at Chatham House.

Sir William Patey KCMG

Sir William Patey is a retired diplomat who served as Ambassador to Sudan from 2002-2005.

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