Honorary President 2009 - 2015
Julie was passionate about supporting Against Breast Cancer. She was introduced to our Co-Founder Dr Anthony Leathem by her own cancer specialist, Dr Margaret Spittle OBE, while undergoing treatment for her own breast cancer in 1995. In 2009 Julie was invited to become our Honorary President and up until her death she remained a tremendous supporter of our research and fundraising. Julie passed away on 5 July 2015 and leaves 5 children, she will be greatly missed by everyone associated with the charity.
Denise is a journalist, now semi-retired but still writing freelance. She was deputy editor of magazines and supplements at Newsquest, publishers of the Oxford Mail and The Oxford Times, for many years and is a member of ABC’s Witney Action Group who organise the super-successful Witney in Pink Day each year, raising more than £250k over the past 21 years. She lost her mum to breast cancer and has always been passionate about publicising the work of Against Breast Cancer through her extensive media contacts.
TV consultant, promoter and presenter
The man behind Pop Idol and the X-Factor has been extremely supportive of the charity, attending and hosting many of our fundraising events. Our honorary president Julie Cowell invited her son to join us as a patron in 2004.
Sports presenter, former British Olympian
Sky Sports Presenter Suzanne Dando is an active supporter of Against Breast Cancer and agreed to become a patron in 2001. Suzanne led the British gymnast team at the 1980 Moscow Olympics. Since her retirement from gymnastics she’s carved out a successful career in television, theatre and the media. Suzanne was awarded the British Empire Medal in 2015 for her charity work.
Artist and author
Dwina Murphy-Gibb was asked to become a patron of the charity in 2010 in recognition of her dedication and commitment to Against Breast Cancer’s work. Dwina was married to the late Bee Gee Robin Gibb and kindly offered to host a Fashion Show fundraiser at her home.
Actress and Presenter
Lucy became a Patron in recognition of her long term support and commitment to Against Breast Cancer. A regular presenter to BBC1’s ‘One Show’ Lucy has recently starred in ‘The Naked Truth, a play about five women trying to conquer pole dancing for a Charity event to raise awareness and money for breast cancer.
TV presenter, media journalist
Ben is a GMTV presenter and a long term supporter of the charity. He agreed to become a patron in 2001 when invited by charity founders Patricia and Anthony (his aunt and uncle). Ben has taken part in fundraising events, including running the Reading Half Marathon.
Isla St Clair
Singer, actress, presenter
Scottish singer, actress and TV presenter, Isla is one of Scotland’s foremost traditional singers. Her Story Shop Productions co-produces music and films for a wide international audience. Like so many others, she has had close friends and family members who have breast cancer and was honoured when asked to be a patron.