Patrons & Ambassadors
The support of our patrons and ambassadors is invaluable to the success of our work. They help to increase the profile of our Hospice and provide their time and effort to further our cause.
The Boundary 500 Motorcycle Group have established themselves as a very respected motorcycling body and have received tremendous support from not only people living in the North East of England but from all over the UK. They predominately hold major events in June for the Great North Air Ambulance and November/December for Zoe's Place Baby Hospice.
Suzannah is a Teesside born Opera singer who is very proud of her roots. She performs all over the World from North Korea to London.
Mark Benton is an English actor, born in Middlesbrough. He has had many roles but is well known for his roles as Eddie in Early Doors, Howard in Northern Lights and Martin Pond in Barbara. His most recent role is in hit BBC drama, Waterloo Road, were he played the role of maths teacher, Daniel Chalk. He also took part in the 2013 series of Strictly Come Dancing. He is also known for his stage roles including the role of Edna Turnblad in Hairspray.
Lady Ronaldshay is the wife of Lord Ronaldshay from the Aske Hall Estate in North Yorkshire.
Rob and Lucy Smedley
Rob Smedley was born in Normanby, Middlesbrough and is the head of Vehicle Performance at Williams Martini Racing.He is probably most well known for his radio transmissions to Felipe Massa which have even achieved cult status, with many Ferrari fans putting his messages on their mobile phones as ringtones. Rob and his wife Lucy became Patrons of Zoe's Place after being part of a very successful Grand Prix Dinner in which they helped raise £50,000 of vital funding.
David Jamilly cofounded Theme Traders, a London based event management company based in London. David became a patron of the Hospice after becoming involved through the television programme The Secret Millionaire. He very kindly donated £15,000 which funded our very special sensory room.
Baronness Tanni Grey Thompson
Baroness Grey-Thompson is a Welsh former wheelchair racer and is a parliamentarian and television presenter. She was born in Cardiff, Wales. Tanni was born with spina bifida and is a wheelchair user. She is considered to be one of the most successful disabled athletes in the UK.
Patrick Monahan is Teesside's very own Irish-Iranian stand-up comedian. Originally from Redcar, now London based won the television competition series Take the Mike in 2001 and Show Me the Funny in 2011. Patrick runs the London Marathon, Great North Run and Middlesbrough 10K annually in aid of Zoe's Place.