We are fortunate to have the backing of a number of celebrity supporters who are ambassadors for the charity. Many of whom have pledged their support to the charity because of their personal experiences of kidney disease.
They’re committed to raising greater awareness about the dangers posed by this life-threatening condition, while also promoting the vital work we as an organisation do to help those affected by it.
Andrew Cole is a former professional footballer who played for 12 teams in his career, including Manchester United and Newcastle.
From France, Chef Bruno has resided in both the UK and Australia. He has had a successful career and has written three cookbooks and has appeared on BBC’s Hot Chefs, Junior and adult Masterchef and Austrailia’s The Great South East.
Ed represented Team GB in Alpine skiing at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games.
Frances Edmonds is an acknowledged expert in the business of cross-cultural communication.
Dame Jacqueline Wilson DBE
Dame Jacqueline Wilson is famous for her brilliant children’s novels including her Tracy Beaker series. After suffering heart failure, her kidneys were damaged, she went on to receive dialysis three times a week. Jacqueline has now received a transplant.
Julia Watson is a British actress, best known for playing Baz in the BBC medical drama Casualty.
Kate is an actress who has featured in a number of well-known shows such as Eastenders, Doctors and Coronation Street.
The former indie band member, turned radio and tv broadcaster, whose father was hospitalised following sudden kidney failure. Lauren supported our Making Every Kidney Count appeal when she hosted the BBC Lifeline Appeal on BBC television.
Celebrity chef, Lawrence, developed chronic kidney disease and had to undergo surgery to have a kidney transplant in 2000 at the age of just 35.
Lucy Davis is an actress best known for being in the BBC comedy The Office and the horror-comedy movie Shaun of the Dead. Lucy had a kidney transplant from her mother after being diagnosed with kidney failure in 1995.
Matthew Amroliwala is a BBC television newsreader. He is also well known as a co-presenter on Crimewatch.
Actress Nina Wadia is star of Goodness Gracious Me and BBC soap EastEnders. Nina has first-hand experience of the damage that kidney disease can do, as her mother passed away as a result of polycystic kidney disease.
Dame Patricia Routledge DBE
Dame Patricia Routledge DBE is an English actress and singer. Described affectionately as a national treasure, she is best known for her television roles as Hyacinth Bucket in Keeping Up Appearances and as the private investigator in Hetty Wainthropp Investigates.
Former champion jockey and journalist, Richard Pitman became an ambassador after he donated one of his kidneys altruistically. Richard’s decision to donate his kidney stemmed from witnessing his close friend suffering from kidney disease.
Former EastEnders star Stefan Booth pledged his support to the charity following his personal experiences of the illness. Stefansaw the effects that kidney disease can have on people’s lives, having lost his mother to polycystic kidney disease.