Patrons of our appeal include:
Wyn Calvin MBE OStJ
Born in Pembrokeshire, his life-time career has been in entertainment with an international reputation as a comedian, broadcaster, lecturer, and as one of Britain’s premier pantomime performers. A “King” of the Grand Order of Water Rats and Free Man of the City of London, his involvement with a variety of charities gained him the MBE in 1989. In the 1980s, he was Chairman for Wales of the Variety Club of Great Britain. Having been invalided out of the army Wyn became part of ENSA during WW2
We are delighted to confirm that Korean War veteran and singer Colin Thackery has agreed to be a patron of our appeal. Colin won the 13th series of Britain's Got Talent in June 2019 and as the winner, he performed at the Royal Variety Show.
Television presenter and actor, Peter played Steven in Doctor Who during the era of the First Doctor, a role he continues to play in audio dramas for Big Finish Productions, and later became a presenter on the BBC children's programme Blue Peter, a position he held for eleven years. He has continued to make regular appearances on television, including an association with television coverage of the Crufts dog show.
He was given his own television series on a show called And There's More (named after his best-known catchphrase), also notable for including the first TV appearance by Rory Bremner. He also had his own radio series for BBC Radio 2 called Jimmy's Cricket Team, written by Eddie Braben and starring Peter Goodwright, Bill Pertwee and Noreen Kershaw. He featured in The Krankies Klub alongside the Krankies and Bobby Davro. He also appeared in numerous Royal Variety Shows. He made many appearances on BBC TVs long running TV show The Good Old Days. Jimmy was the subject of This Is Your Life in 1987 when he was surprised by Eamonn Andrews in central London - the last edition that Andrews presented. Cricket was one of a number of veteran performers to appear in the video for the 2007 Comic Relief single, a cover of The Proclaimers' song "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" by Matt Lucas as Andy Pipkin and Peter Kay as Brian Potter.
Stan Streather - Winstan
Winstan has been created by Stan Streather, his likeness in looks, mannerisms and speech make him the most convincing tribute around today. He is fun, easy to work with and brings his character brilliantly to life, entertaining guests in any situation. Based in London, near to Heathrow, he is available for appearances globally. He is happy to tailor any appearances, speeches etc to meet your specific requirements and always enjoys working alongside other entertainers and performers.