Proud to do our little bit

Patrons and ambassadors of many charities, Jackie and Laurence try to do their bit to help raise awareness and funds for each cause.


Barnardo’s believes in the potential of every child, no matter who they are, what they have done or what they have been through. The charity works with the most vulnerable children and young people in the UK, helping them transform their lives and fulfil their potential.

Brooke Hospital

The Brooke is the UK’s leading charity dedicated to improving the lives and welfare of horses, donkeys and mules essential to the livelihoods of the poorest people in the developing world.

Care International UK

CARE International works in over 70 countries around the world tackling poverty and injustice where the need is greatest. Across five continents, CARE’s work has an impact on more than 65 million
people worldwide.

Both Jackie and Laurence are committed ambassadors for the charity and they have visited some of CARE’s vital projects to help the survivors of Sidr Cyclone, which devastated several regions in Bangladesh in November 2007. Laurence and Jackie hosted a special charity JAZZ EVENING at Stroud Subscription Rooms in 2009 to raise money for this aid agency. The evening featured a unique performance by Jackie Llewelyn-Bowen herself.

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Carers UK

Carers provide unpaid care by looking after an ill, frail or disabled family member, friend or partner. Carers give so much to society yet
as a consequence of caring, they experience ill health, poverty and discrimination. Carers UK is an organisation of carers fighting to end this injustice.

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Children 1st

Children 1st are one of Scotland’s leading childcare charities. Their mission is to give every child in Scotland a safe and secure childhood. Laurence and Jackie have attended the Touch of Tartan Ball for Children First for a number of years, following in the footsteps of the late Princess Margaret. This event, launched in 2087, has raised over
£1million to date.

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Clic Sargent

Every day 10 families are told their child has cancer. As the UK’s leading children’s cancer, CLIC Sargent is the only organisation to offer them all round care and support. That’s because we’re there every step of the way.

Laurence designed two rooms in Billy’s House in Nottingham, CLIC Sargent’s eighth home from home for families of young cancer sufferers undergoing treatment at the nearby Queens Medical Centre. Billy’s House opened in 2009.

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Cornwall Scrap Store

Cornwall scrapstore is a fantastic resource, stocking an amazing range of interesting, unusual and unique materials and products, which can be used in art, craft and play activities for all ages. They collect this valuable "scrap" from businesses around the country and rescue it from being dumped in local landfill sites, making it available to members – absolutely free!

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Cotswold Breakthrough Breast Cancer

The first Breakthrough Breast Cancer Group in the Cotswolds was founded by Eira Hooper in 2005. The group aims to organise a wide variety of activities and events to raise funds for Breakthrough Breast Cancer’s pioneering research and education, working towards a future free from the fear of breast cancer.

Laurence and Jackie have been tireless patrons of this local charity since they moved to the Cotswolds in 2007. Following Jackie’s massive weight-loss and fitness campaign in 2009 she felt empowered to join the "Cotswold Cupcakes" team and took part in the Playtex Moonwalk with 15,000 men and women power-walking 26.2 miles of London’s streets at midnight dressed in decorated bras!

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Cotswold Care Hospice

Cotswold Care Hospice provides specialist palliative care to people living in Gloucestershire. Jackie also took part in the Cotswold Midnight Walk in 2009 through Cirencester Park.

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Cutty Sark

Launched to serve the China tea trade 140 years ago, Cutty Sark is now one of the most famous ships in the world.  She is currently undergoing major conservation works to ensure she survives to inspire future generations, due for completion in 2011.

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The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is a personal challenge and not a competition against others. Every participant’s programme is tailor–made to reflect their individual starting point, abilities and interests. With the widest reach of any UK youth charity, 275,000 young people aged 14–24 (30,000 are from disadvantaged backgrounds) undertake inspiring DofE programmes to achieve Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards every year.

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The Eden Project

The Eden Project was fully opened in 2001 and is structured as an educational charitable trust to promote the understanding and responsible management of the vital relationship between plants, people and resources leading to a sustainable future for all.

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4 Children

4Children is the national children’s charity which develops, influences and shapes national policy on all aspects of children, young people and families lives and works with a wide range of partners to deliver real support for children and families in their community.

4Children has spearheaded a joined up, integrated approach to children’s services which puts the needs of the most vulnerable families at the centre. It is the one of the largest not for profit Children’s Centre provider in the country and also runs and supports out of school programmes and the new next generation "myplace" youth hubs.

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Great Ormond Street Hospital

Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) was founded in 1852. It was the first children’s hospital in the English speaking world. Much has changed since, but GOSH is committed to delivering the best and most up to date treatment now and in the future.

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Jackie and Laurence became patrons in 2008. The Leukaemia and Intensive Chemotherapy Fund (LINC) works to improve the care of patients from Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, South Worcestershire and East Powys who are receiving intensive chemotherapy at Cheltenham General Hospital.

It provides financial help when necessary, finances new buildings and equipment and funds both a clinical psychologist and a post graduate leukaemia research fellow. The LINC Jenner Appeal is to raise £500k to create a countywide haematology day unit centre at Gloucester Royal Hospital. This much needed new facility will be used for the administration of chemotherapy, blood transfusion and supportive treatment and will be a great asset to cancer patients.

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Mencap is the voice of learning disability - we speak up for people with a learning disability and their families.

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MERU is a unique charity that was founded by Laurence’s late father, the eminent orthopaedic surgeon Trefor Llewellyn Bowen. MERU helps hundreds of disabled youngsters live life more fully, by designing and manufacturing custom–made equipment. The charity is there to help when children, their parents or carers can’t find a ready–made solution
to their needs – which is often the case when the child’s disability is severe or complex.

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MS Society

The MS Society is the UK’s largest charitable funder of MS Research. We offer vital services such as the freephone helpline and publish useful information. We also fund MS nurses who provide essential support and guidance to people with MS.

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MS Trust

The MS Trust is a charity which works with and for the 100,000 people in the UK with MS. Our vision is to enable people with MS to live their lives to the full. We provide, Information that is tailored to what people want to know, Education for health professionals about what people with MS need, Better management of MS, Support for anyone
affected by MS.

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The NSPCC is the UK’s leading children’s charity specialising in child protection and the prevention of cruelty to children. The NSPCC runs projects and services across the United Kingdom and Channel Island’s, including ChildLine (0800 1111) and the NSPCC Helpline
(0808 800 5000).

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ChildLine is the UK’s free, 24 hour confidential helpline (0800 11 11) for children and young people who need to talk. Trained counsellors are there to provide comfort, support and advice about any problem that's on their minds.

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The National Trust

The National Trust stands for beautiful and historic places that are open to all.  They keep the spirit of these places alive and give them a life far into the future by helping people belong to places, and places belong to people.

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The Prince’s Trust

We’re a UK charity that helps young people overcome barriers and get their lives working. Through practical support including training, mentoring and financial assistance, we help 14–30 year olds realise their potential and transform their lives.

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Save the Children

Save the Children is the leading independent organisation creating real and lasting change for children in need in the United States and around the world.

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We believe disabled people should have the same opportunities as everyone else. We run services and campaigns with disabled people to make this happen. As a charity with expertise in complex support needs and cerebral palsy we never set limits on potential.

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The Shooting Star Children’s Hospice

The Shooting Star Children’s Hospice needs to raise £3 million each and every year, bringing love, support and care to children and young people with life-limited conditions. In 2006 Jackie and Laurence became the (still unbeaten) highest earning celebrity couple on Who Wants to be a Millionaire? Winning £500,000 for the charity.

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Spinal Injuries Association

The Spinal Injuries Association (SIA) is the national organisation for spinal cord injured people in the UK. SIA offer a range of services supporting individuals and their families from the moment an injury occurs for the rest of their lives. In 2009 Laurence styled the "Beaton Box" at Cheltenham Racecourse to raise funds for SIA.

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At Tenovus our aims are simple: to prevent, treat and help find a cure for cancer. In doing that we offer support, advice and treatment for cancer patients and their families, and we do this where it is needed most – right at the heart of the community. In 2009 Laurence re–styled the chic charity café Teawithus in Bristol.

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Tommy’s exists to save babies lives by funding research and providing information on the causes and prevention of miscarriage, premature birth and stillbirth.

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Children around the world are having their rights denied every day. UNICEF is working in 193 countries to protect these rights, making sure children's voices are heard and listened to.

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Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Appeal

The Alex Ross Star Tribute Fund is raising funds for The Grand Appeal to support Bristol Children’s Hospital. Alex Ross was 16 when, in August 2005, she became ill and was diagnosed with a rare blood disorder known as haemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis. Following treatment and four months intensive care at Bristol Children’s Hospital, sadly Alex passed away in January 2006. The funds raised so far for Alex’s tribute fund have supported the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit and the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit at Bristol Children’s Hospital.

Making a difference to the Bristol Children’s Hospital & the region’s Neonatal Intensive Care unit at St Michael’s Hospital Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Appeal Registered Charity No. 1043603 © and TM Aardman/Wallace & Gromit Limited 2008.

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Winston’s Wish

Winston’s Wish is the leading childhood bereavement charity in the UK offering practical support and guidance to families, professionals and anyone concerned about a grieving child. We believe that the right support at the right time can enable young people to live with their grief and build positive futures.

Kevin Sheppard is preparing to attempt the world’s toughest Polar Challenge by racing 350 miles across the High Arctic to the magnetic north pole in 2010 and raising funds for his chosen charity "Winston’s Wish". During the challenge he will be battling against extreme dangers such as falling through thin ice, hypothermia, severe frostbite and encountering one of the World’s most dangerous predators – The Polar Bear!

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