The Brain Charity are proud to have the support of the following distinguished patrons who generously give their time to support our work.
Roger Phillips is a well known broadcaster on Radio Merseyside and his daily lunchtime phone in show is essential listening for thousands of Merseysiders. Roger was born in Manchester, and studied at Cambridge University, arriving in Liverpool as an actor in the early 70s to join the Everyman Theatre. He subsequently worked as a hackney cab driver, before falling by chance into local radio, at BBC Radio Merseyside, in 1978. He has worked as a broadcaster since then, apart from a short break when he went to the West End to perform in a Mike Harding show called 'One Night Stand’.
Roger has been a Patron of The Brain Charity for several years and is in regular attendance at our events, hosting the annual fundraising ball and rounding off our Head Matters Day during Brain Awareness Week - which is always quite a dash to get to after his lunchtime show finishes!
Roger is full of praise for the organisation, “The Brain Charity is beginning to register much more on the national stage, so I’d like to praise all the staff and volunteers for their support, which is ultimately support for all of the people who come through the doors. As The Brain Charity continues to develop, all I can say is onwards and upwards!"
Pauline is best known as one of the country’s top comediennes and is a prolific actress whose TV credits include ‘Brookside’, ‘Bread’, ‘The Street’ and ‘Blue Murder’. She is also an outstanding stage actress and is perhaps best known for her portrayal of ‘Shirley’ in Ken Russell’s award winning play ‘Shirley Valentine’. She was a presenter on BBC Radio Merseyside for three years and continues to be a regular visitor to the station. Pauline was awarded an Honorary Fellowship in 2009 from Liverpool John Moores University and it stands as one of her proudest achievements.
In 2014 Pauline made her Shakespearean debut at the Everyman Theatre in Liverpool, breathing new life into the character of ‘Maria’ in ‘Twelfth Night’. It was an amazing achievement given that she was still recovering from breast cancer at the time. Never one to stand still Pauline directed her first play at the newly refurbished Epstein Theatre in Liverpool in 2015 and hopes to take it on the road during 2016.
Pauline first visited The Brain Charity in 2014, when she very kindly agreed to come on board as the compere for our Charity Ball. Her instant rapport with staff and volunteers has led to her becoming a good friend of the charity, and she has become involved in many of our fundraising events, offering her talents and valuable time. Pauline describes The Brain Charity as the type of place you find hard to leave once you’ve walked through the door. “It’s a privilege to be a Patron of such a unique and welcoming charity and I look forward to many years of continuing involvement”.
In Memorium: Sir Bert Massie CBE
Until recently Sir Bert Massie was a very dear patron of The Brain Charity. He will be remembered with much fondness by the whole team here.
Sir Bert was a proud Liverpudlian who spent his life campaigning to bring about changes to make the world a more accessible place for those with disabilities and during his lifetime he was involved with over thirty disability organisations. In 2007 Sir Bert was knighted for his 'services to disabled people’ and in April 2014, he was commissioned a Deputy Lieutenant to the Lord Lieutenant of Merseyside.
Sir Bert was instrumental in many changes which have led to a better world for disabled people, from improving fundamental human rights and accessibility to changes to welfare benefits. He was a committed Patron of our charity and, despite his busy diary, he always made the time to attend our events.
Nanette Mellor, The Brain Charity CEO, said: "Sir Bert was a very eminent and celebrated leader of the disability rights movement as a Patron of The Brain Charity he offered us a great deal of expertise and wisdom. We are so sad that he is no longer with us but extremely proud to have known him."