Our celebrity ambassadors
We have some incredible celebrity and music ambassadors that we’re proud to have on board. Teenage Cancer Trust ambassadors give their time to support the work we do, helping us raise our profile, spreading awareness and supporting our fundraising.
Meet our celebrity ambassadors
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Model, fashion designer and Strictly Come Dancing champion Abbey Clancy launched our Merseyside appeal in 2013 and became an Ambassador shortly after.
“As a mum myself this appeal is very close to my heart. These units provide a place where young people can relax, feel at home, and be normal. The amazing design and social spaces, like the dining area where families can cook meals, make all the difference. The people of Liverpool are renowned for their generosity. I am sure that they’ll make me proud to be a Liverpudlian and get behind this Appeal.”
Dynamo became an Ambassador having been involved with us for many years – he has performed at numerous events on our behalf, has helped us raise tens of thousands of pounds and has put smiles on the faces of many patients by performing on some of our specialist units.
“I’m so proud to be part of this charity. Having spent a lot of time in hospital myself when I was a teenager I can really appreciate how having a charity like Teenage Cancer Trust is so beneficial, especially at a time when illness could make you feel so isolated.”
Oscar Award-winning actor Eddie Redmayne has been involved with Teenage Cancer Trust for more than a decade. He regularly visits our specialist units and meets with the young people being treated there and their families.
During the pandemic Eddie met some of our incredible staff and young people for a virtual Q&A session.
Actress Eden Taylor-Draper has been a regular on TV screens since joining the cast of Emmerdale in 2005, aged just eight years old. She became an ambassador for Teenage Cancer Trust in 2021 after seeing first-hand what we do through her sister Francesca who was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia at the age of 14.
Chessie stayed on the Teenage Cancer Trust ward at Leeds General Infirmary throughout her treatment and is now fully on the road to recovery.
Eden has since supported the charity’s emergency coronavirus appeal and supported the #Hand2Hold and #NotOK campaigns calling for greater emotional and mental health support for young people facing cancer.
Eden said: “When Teenage Cancer Trust asked me to become an ambassador I was absolutely thrilled.
“Having been through the journey with Chessie I am honoured I can help other families going through their own experiences.”
Edith has been an ambassador for Teenage Cancer Trust since 2011 having previously supported our Shunburn campaign. She launched our East of Scotland appeal to build a new unit at Western General Hospital, which was opened at the end of 2013. She has supported our work tirelessly even donating to our celebrity auction The Star Boot Sale in 2021.
Edith said: “I’ve been involved with Teenage Cancer Trust for a number of years now and I helped launch the East of Scotland appeal in Edinburgh.
“Teenage Cancer Trust has just finished building a new unit at the Western General Hospital in Edinburgh. Another unit is due to be built at the new Sick Children’s Hospital in Edinburgh where young people with cancer can be treated in a home from home environment alongside others their own age. It’s such an important factor that allows them to be themselves, creating a positive attitude to fight cancer.
“Every teenager in the area who needs access to one of these units should have that right. We have a long way to go to raise the money needed, but together we can make this a reality.”
Ella Henderson has supported Teenage Cancer Trust with performances at the Ultimate Dinner Party during lockdown and a headline set at Michael Josephson’s Annual Charity Ball in October 2021 which raised more than £750,000 for good causes.
Ella is one of the UK’s prime vocalists and songwriters. Over the past nine years she has achieved multi-platinum selling status, two BRIT Award nominations, a No. 1 debut album, five UK Top 10s and more than a billion streams.
Ella said: “As a teenager I was starting my journey I the music career. But to be facing cancer at this age is such a scary prospect.
“I was thrilled when Teenage Cancer Trust asked me to be involved.
“I have already met an inspirational person supported by this fantastic charity and can’t wait to meet more in my new role as an ambassador.”
Example’s been a keen supporter since headlining a night at our 2012 Royal Albert Hall shows. Since then he has helped raise tens of thousands of pounds and has visited various Teenage Cancer Trust units across the UK to meet young cancer patients.
“When Teenage Cancer Trust asked me to be an ambassador I was honoured! After meeting many of the young people at my Royal Albert Hall show and visiting 5 of the units to see the work they do first hand, there was no way I could refuse. It’s important to feel like an individual rather than a patient and to meet other young people who you can relate to, and Teenage Cancer Trust makes this happen.”
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Rising snooker star Jack Lisowski became involved with Teenage Cancer Trust as a way of marking his fifth year in remission. Having experienced cancer as a teenager, he was keen to give something back.
He was involved with the South West Appeal to fundraise for the unit at Bristol Haematology and Oncology Centre – along with friend Judd Trump he launched the appeal and then officially opened the unit along with the Duchess of York during the summer of 2014. He has also donated a competition-worn waistcoat to our fundraising auction The Star Boot Sale and called for extra support for young people during the pandemic through the Hand2Hold campaign.
Jack will be wearing the Teenage Cancer Trust logo on his match waistcoat at selected tournaments across the 2021/2 season.
Jack said: “When I was diagnosed with cancer a few years ago, I didn’t have access to the amazing facilities that Teenage Cancer Trust offers. It definitely would have made my experience a lot less painful. This is a very worthwhile course and one I’m really pleased to be supporting.”
X Factor winner Joe McElderry became an Ambassador after initially getting involved on a regional level with his local unit at the Royal Victoria Infirmary Newcastle, and officially opened our new unit at the Freeman Hospital, Newcastle in 2012.
Joe has completed not one but three Great North Runs so far in support of us as well as visiting and even performing on our units. Joe set himself the task of raising £8,000 for Teenage Cancer Trust when he first came on board as an ambassador and North East patron and has now raised well over £30,000 and his total continues to grow.
Joe said: “I am truly honoured to be an ambassador. Teenage Cancer Trust has achieved so much in Newcastle and across the UK, and I hope I can help raise awareness and support for such a great cause.”
Three-time World Number One ranked snooker player Judd became involved in the charity through friend and fellow competitor Jack Lisowski.
He was involved with the South West Appeal to fundraise for the unit at Bristol Haematology and Oncology Centre – along with Jack he launched the appeal and then officially opened the unit along with the Duchess of York during the summer of 2014. He has also donated a competition-worn waistcoat and a competition medal to our fundraising auction The Star Boot Sale.
Judd will be wearing the Teenage Cancer Trust logo on his match waistcoat at selected tournaments across the 2021/2 season.
He said: “I am delighted to be a Teenage Cancer Trust Ambassador. I will do anything I can to help the charity support young people with cancer across the UK.”
Kasabian have been fantastic supporters of Teenage Cancer Trust for many years, helping raise significant funds and taking time to meet many young patients along the way.
It was great to welcome back Kasabian to rock our shows at the legendary Royal Albert Hall in 2018 following their amazing headlining performance at our shows in 2007, 2009 and 2013.
Lead singer of Stereophonics, Kelly Jones, has been an avid supporter of Teenage Cancer Trust since he joined The Who onstage to perform a storming version of Substitute at the very first Teenage Cancer Trust gig back in 2000.
Since that inaugural show, Kelly’s been part of the Royal Albert Hall line up six times. Kelly has also been instrumental in raising funds through the guestlist scheme and visited a number of our units for young people with cancer.
Comedian Kevin Bridges is a long term supporter of Teenage Cancer Trust and has gone on to become an official Ambassador.
Not only has Kevin been involved in the comedy night of Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall three times, hosting twice, he also dedicated one of his own arena nights at the Glasgow SECC to raise vital funds for us. Kevin joined forces with Patrons Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York and Roger Daltrey CBE to officially open a Teenage Cancer Trust Unit in Glasgow in 2016 and has visited young people on the unit regularly since.
Kevin said: “I’m proud to be an Ambassador for Teenage Cancer Trust. I’ve performed at the Royal Albert Hall shows in London for the past few years and meeting people only a little younger than myself who’ve been landed with such a huge battle so early in their lives really hit home and made me feel very humble and grateful for everything I have in my life.
“Meeting young people on the units can be very sad but also uplifting as they stay positive and the support they have from their families, the staff and each other is inspirational. I’m honoured to be part of something so special.”
Liam has been a long-standing supporter of the charity and has performed at our Royal Albert Hall shows with Oasis in 2002, and latterly in Beady Eye when he returned to our stage in 2011.
As well as supporting the charity as an artist in his own right, Liam has also done so through his clothing label Pretty Green, leveraging further funds for the charity through a number of bespoke menswear collections and raising over £65,000.
Liam Gallagher said: “This is a charity close to my heart and something I continue to support both personally and through Pretty Green. LG x”
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BAFTA, Golden Globe and SAG Award nominee Nicholas Hoult has been involved with Teenage Cancer Trust since 2009 and becoming an ambassador the following year when he fronted our sun safety campaign, Shunburn.
In 2017 Nicholas took on The Rickshaw Run, a 3,000km adventure across India over two weeks, raising almost £20,000.
Nicholas has visited our units on numerous occasions and even invited our young people to attend one of his film premieres. He has also donated signed memorabilia to our fundraising campaign The Star Boot Sale.
Comedian Noel Fielding is a fantastic long term supporter and has performed at many Royal Albert Hall comedy nights.
Noel Fielding said: “Teenage Cancer Trust is such an important charity; the work they have done is mind blowing. Roger Daltrey is like a rainbow riding a racehorse and the team who organise the Royal Albert Hall gigs are like magic foxes covered in diamonds. The charity is like a tiger in Chelsea boots. I am honoured they keep asking me to be involved. The whole thing is like a shimmering ball of magic.”
Noel was one of Teenager Cancer Trust’s first Ambassadors and has headlined Teenage Cancer Trust shows at the Royal Albert Hall as part of Oasis and partnering up with other rock legends.
He even curated the line-up in 2013 after patron and The Who frontman, Roger Daltrey CBE asked him to step in on his behalf while on tour with The Who in the States. This was the first time Roger had invited anyone else to handpick the incredible line-up.
Noel has donated signed guitars, created a limited edition pair of Adidas trainers to raise money for us and curated an artwork with The Connor Brothers which sold out in moments.
Noel said: “Teenage Cancer Trust do a brilliant job, and I’ve always been more than pleased to lend my support over the years. It’s also now a charity that is very close to the hearts and minds of dozens of acts in the world of music. It was an honour to have the task of putting together the bills for 2013’s series of concerts at the Royal Albert Hall.”
The Jam and Style Council frontman Paul Weller is a long term supporter of Teenage Cancer Trust and has headlined numerous Royal Albert Hall shows over the years.
He took part in the very first Royal Albert Hall show in 2000 and has been a strong supporter ever since, performing at numerous Teenage Cancer Trust concerts at the Royal Albert Hall, supporting us through the guestlist scheme, and getting involved in many other fundraising initiatives.
Pete McKee is a working artist from Sheffield, he has exhibited his work all over the world and gained a global following.
His work has attracted the attention of Sir Paul Smith, Warp Films, Jessica Ennis-Hill, Oasis and Arctic Monkeys and in 2010 Pete opened his own gallery ‘a Month of Sundays’ in his home city of Sheffield.
Pete has been supporting us since 2011, creating a series of limited edition sell out prints linked to Pet Shop Boys, The Who, Paul Weller and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds headline shows for us at the Royal Albert Hall.
Kaiser Chiefs frontman Ricky Wilson joined the Teenage Cancer Trust ambassadors in Autumn 2021. The band have performed at Teenage Cancer Trust’s iconic Royal Albert Hall shows twice – the first time in 2005 – and Ricky has been a dedicated supporter ever since.
As well as performing at events such as Carfest in aid of the charity Ricky fronted the BBC Lifeline Appeal in 2020, which came at a crucial time during the pandemic. He marked becoming an ambassador by co-hosting a Connor Brothers and Maddox Gallery fundraising alongside Roger Daltrey.
Ricky said: “I have been involved with Teenage Cancer Trust for many years and have seen the great work they do first hand – from individual support to anyone who needs it through to the amazing units they provide around the country.
“During the pandemic cancer didn’t stop so neither did they and I’m thrilled to become an ambassador.”
Shane Meadows and Mark Herbert
BAFTA winning writer/director and producer team Shane Meadows and Mark Herbert made an incredible short film for Teenage Cancer Trust which was played at the Royal Albert Hall shows in 2014.
At the same time, we announced the news that the pair have become official ambassadors for Teenage Cancer Trust.
Shane Meadows said:
“If anyone I cared about needed treatment for cancer in their teenage years, I would do anything I could to get them treated in a Teenage Cancer Trust unit. The only way to ensure that every young person who needs their help get’s it, is to support Teenage Cancer Trust.”
“I cannot tell you how blown away I have been at the importance of the work they do. They keep the spirits up of the teenagers and their families, and make a traumatic time better.”
Best known for presenting live weekend morning telly, including Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch, and Sky’s Soccer AM, Tim Lovejoy has done an incredible job compering Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall three years in a row.
Tim became an ambassador in 2016. He said: “I’m happy to do anything I can to help Teenage Cancer Trust, and am proud to have been made an Ambassador. My brother died of cancer when he was 37, and I can tell you, cancer is lonely. I can’t imagine how much worse it must be to have cancer as a teenager. Cut off from friends due to gruelling treatment, they can be isolated, thinking there are no other young people like them out there.
“I’ve visited a Teenage Cancer Trust unit and I saw how well the money is spent. There is such a positive atmosphere there. It was inspiring.”
BAFTA winning and Nottingham born actress Vicky McClure opened our unit at Nottingham City Hospital and celebrated the begininng of building work on our unit at the Queen’s Medical Centre with her fellow East Midlander Shane Meadows.
Vicky said: “I was very proud when Teenage Cancer Trust asked me to become involved in the East Midlands Appeal a few years ago. Being a teenager is hard enough without having to face cancer. I have seen first-hand what a difference the charity’s units make and I am honoured that I can now call myself an ambassador.”