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Patron & Ambassadors

We're incredibly lucky at Rose Road to be supported by so many talented, influential people.

Our Association's Patron, Dame Esther Rantzen, is passionate about our cause, and does a huge amount of work to promote our services, and assists us with securing funding for our services.

We also have a brilliant team of Ambassadors who play a similar networking role, helping us reach people more effectively.

Rose Road couldn't succeed without their efforts, for which our Trustees and Senior Management Team are extremely grateful.

image of Dame Esther Rantzen

A welcome from our Patron, Dame Esther Rantzen

I am extremely proud to be Patron of The Rose Road Association.

The Rose Road Association provides an invaluable lifeline to the parents of hundreds of children and young people with profound and multiple learning disabilities and complex health needs.

It is more important than ever that we continue to raise awareness and combat the social barriers our disabled young people face.

I encourage you all to support the wonderful work the Rose Road Association does in aiming to create a world where disability is not a barrier to leading a fulfilled and happy life.

Ambassadors at a glance

Paul Murray MBE

Rose Road Ambassador

With over 25 years of supporting Rose Road, Paul was awarded an MBE largely in recognition to this work.

Mike Andrews

Rose Road Ambassador

Helping to produce multiple events with the fundraising team Mike has helped raise a lot of money for the charity and continues to support the team in many ways.

Nina Basset

Rose Road Ambassador

Nina and her late husband, world renowned sommelier Gerald Basset OBE, have been wonderful friends of Rose Road raising over £15,000 for the charity.

Alan Blair MBE

Rose Road Ambassador

With connections to Rose Road since 1988 through the New Forest Rotary Club Alan was impressed by our services and inspired by our young people.

Alice Carroll

Rose Road Ambassador

Alice is the granddaughter of Founder Leonora Welch, and is continuing the family commitment to Rose Road. Mum of 3 Alice is also the founder of coaching business hummingbeeworks.com.

Bruce Elkins FCA

Rose Road Ambassador

Retired Chartered Accountant and former Partner at Azets, Bruce is known in the fundraising office as ‘Amazing Bruce’ for his exceptional fundraising challenges and contributions to Rose Road.

The Rt Revd Debbie Sellin

Rose Road Ambassador

Bishop Debbie leads services, including the annual Christmas Carol Concert, and proudly shares the work of Rose Road that she feels so passionately about.

Geoff Holt MBE DL

Rose Road Ambassador

Yachtsman, motivational speaker and wheelchair user, Geoff is greatly involved in Rose Road and runs chartered boat trips for disabled children and young people through his foundation Wetwheels.

Martin Jay CBE DL

Rose Road Ambassador

Martin was one of the ambassadors involved in the fundraising for The Bradbury Centre, helping to raise £5 million for the facilities.

Michael Kurn

Rose Road Ambassador

Southampton TV presenter and broadcaster Michael has been involved with Rose Road since presenting the Dinner Dance event in 2012.

Nina Schofield

Rose Road Ambassador

Singer and songwriter Nina says “Rose Road is a fantastic charity and their continued support of children and families in the area I grew up in is as inspiring as it is beneficial.”

Karl and Kim Simmonds

Rose Road Ambassador

Parents of the lovely April, Karl and Kim are one of our Rose Road families. They support us through running events across the year.

Chris Smith

Rose Road Ambassador

As well as a regular attendee of our events and being involved in a variety of ways with his wife Fiona, Chris has been instrumental in developing our partnership with The St. James’s Place Foundation.

Richard and Jane Smith

Rose Road Ambassador

Introduced to Rose Road through an event Richard facilitated the partnership between Rose Road and Paris Smith and with Jane has continued to provide support for over 20 years.

Kerry Swain

Rose Road Ambassador

Journalist Kerry Swain has interviewed parents and heard first-hand the vital role Rose Road plays for those families. Kerry has even done a skydive to help raise money for the charity!

Clive and Eryl Thompsett

Rose Road Ambassador

Partnering with Rose Road for over 18 years, Clive and Eryl rogularly speak out at events across the Country, preading awareness of our work.

Janice Viveash

Rose Road Ambassador

As the Appeal Director fundraising to build the Bradbury Centre Janice has now retired but has kept contact with Rose Road with a personal understanding of the difference made to families.

Chris White and Gay Drysdall

Rose Road Ambassador

Daughters of Leonora and Ray Welch, 2 of 10 founding members of the Rose Road Association. These ladies grew up alongside the charity and continue to support us today.

Clare Talks

Rose Road Ambassador

Director of Community Service and Geography Don at Winchester College Clare has hosted events, fundraised, and spoken out so passionately about Rose Road’s work.

Nick Vaughan

Rose Road Ambassador

Senior Partner of Paris Smith LLP Solicitors Nick has been working alongside Rose Road for many years supporting the charity in many different ways during that time.