Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill DBE
Jess has been the best all-round women’s athlete for a number of years now. In 2012, she was the face of her home Olympics in London and managed to overcome the pressure and win gold in sublime style, adding to her previous European and World Championship triumphs. She is a born and raised Sheffield girl and has been a patron of the charity since April 2006.
Face of BBC’s Football Focus, Dan Walker, has been a patron of The Children’s Hospital Charity since 2012. Dan moved back to Sheffield after studying BA History and MA Journalism at The University of Sheffield, and now has three children. He said: “All of them have been to the hospital at some stage or another and I’ve been amazed at the quality of the staff.
“It’s a given that Sheffield Children's Hospital does an amazing job. There are some incredible people that work there but the facilities aren’t as good as the people there so we need to match that.”
Joe Root MBE
International cricket star and England Test Team Captain Joe Root joined the Charity as patron in March 2020.
Joe, who was awarded an MBE in 2019, grew up in Sheffield and continues to retain strong links to the area by also playing for Yorkshire County Cricket Club.
Joe said: “I have been aware of the work undertaken by all the staff at Sheffield Children’s Hospital for some time. The care and support given to all their young patients is truly amazing. I can’t wait to support and become involved with the Charity.”
Matt is a three-time winner on the European Tour with victories at the 2015 British Masters, 2016 Nordea Masters and 2016 DP World Tour Championship. He also made an appearance for Europe at the 2016 Ryder Cup, just 22 years of age. From Ranmoor, Matt is a born and raised Sheffield lad who has recently become a patron for the Sheffield Children's Hospital.
He said: “Sheffield Children’s Hospital is an amazing place and I’m looking forward to meeting some young patients who are golf fans. The staff do an incredible job and I cant wait to get involved with the hospital more.”
Nick Matthew OBE
Three-time world champion squash player, Nick Matthew OBE, is now championing as a patron of The Children’s Hospital Charity and as a member of Team Theo – the charity’s team of fundraisers and supporters. Sheffield born Nick said: “The hospital is an amazing place and the staff do so much for so many children in Sheffield and the surrounding areas. It also has strong links to local sport through brilliant sporting fundraising events.
“Sport is one of the best outlets to help children to regain their health and wellbeing. That makes it even more important that local sportspeople like me, Jessica Ennis-Hill and Michael Vaughan support the hospital in any way we can. I'm very proud to be an official patron.
Former Superbike world champion, James Toseland, retired from motorcycle racing in 2011 to pursue a full-time career in music. He became a patron of The Children’s Hospital Charity in 2012, with wife Katie Melua following suit the next year.
Speaking of the hospital, Doncaster born James said: “It’s only one of a few hospitals that specialise in what they do for children in the country so it’s a very, very important hospital to have and it’s really important to keep it going.”
England international and Chelsea Footballer Millie Bright joined The Children's Hospital as a patron in April 2020.
Millie was born in the Sheffield suburb of Killamarsh and joined Chelsea in December 2014. Since her first England cap in September 2016, she has become a regular for her country, featuring on more than 30 occasions including at the 2019 World Cup.
Millie said: “I’m so honoured and excited to be working with an amazing organisation like The Children’s Hospital Charity. It’s a cause that is very close to me, having spent a lot of time as a child at Sheffield Children’s.
“I can’t wait to become more involved with and support The Children’s Hospital Charity to help even more young people achieve their dreams.”
One of Britain’s most successful recording artists, Katie Melua joined The Children’s Hospital Charity as a patron in 2013. She has sold more than 11 million albums, 1 million concert tickets and received 56 platinum awards after rising to fame after the release of her debut album ‘Call off the Search’.
Katie joins her husband, James Toseland who is also a patron of the charity.
Painter and commercial artist Pete Mckee is a hugely successful artist based in Sheffield. His iconic style has led to a large international fan base, and created commissions from Noel Gallagher, the Arctic Monkey’s, Paul Smith and Clarks. Pete, who was born and raised in Sheffield, has been a patron of Artfelt – the charity’s arts programme – since 2012.
Pete said “It’s a great honour to be a patron of a fantastic programme like Artfelt. I think it’s vitally important that a child’s stay in hospital is as cheery and stimulating as possible and one of the easiest ways of achieving this is through art.”