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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.

Boundary 500

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 Clarke

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

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.



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

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

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.






Mark and Cheryl Brudenell

​Mark and Cheryl grew up on the doorstep of Zoë's Place in Grangetown. 16 Years ago they set up Almark Ltd - a doubl

e glazing supplier based in Stockton on Tees. Having local knowledge of the hospice and feeling passionate about the work we do, Mark and his team decided they wanted to give something back. In 2015 work began to replace the windows of Zoë's Place.

As a keen golfer Mark sponsors and attends our annual Golf Day and regularly supports our fundraising events along with his wife Cheryl. Mark and Cheryl were honoured to be asked to turn our Christmas lights on in 2016 and have become a familiar face around the hospice ever since.