The Association has an Honorary Patron, Gordon Ramsay OBE, who is the public figurehead of the Association and supports our vision, mission and values and contributes significantly to our fundraising efforts through his media profile. The Honorary Patron is supported in his role by Patrons & Ambassadors.
Honorary Patron - Gordon Ramsay OBE
Multi Michelin and BAFTA award winning international chef, Gordon Ramsay agreed to be the SSBA's first ever Honorary Patron in 2003. Over the years he has frequently taken time from his busy global schedule to launch Appeals, visit the families and fundraise.
In 2005 he launched a Buy a Brick Appeal and helped raise over £850,000 to build the Association's Family Support Centre, then in 2006, he launched the F Word Appeal "What's your favourite F Word- Gordon's is Fundraising" to help raise the £800k required annually to maintain the support centre and services. In 2007, Gordon continued his support by hosting a gala dinner that raised in excess of 100k and this spectacular event has now become an annual occurrence.
Gordon and Tana's continued commitment is incredibly important to the Association and we are very grateful.
Duncan Bannatyne OBE, Scotland's best known Entrepreneur, bestselling author and star of the BBC series Dragons Den became involved in the Association after attending Gordon Ramsay's Gala Dinner in 2007. Duncan generously supported this event in 2007/8 and was keen to discover more about the work that the Association carried out in Scotland.
Duncan officially joined as Patron in February 2009 and has been working on projects that will help fund this vital Scottish Charity.
Ambassador - John Amabile
Interior designer and presenter, John Amabile, from ITV1's 60 Minute Makeover, and host of popular interior lifestyle programmes joined the Association as an Ambassador after hosting the annual "Ladies who give an F Lunch".
John has been instrumental in developing the profile of this event which has so far raised over £120,000 for the Association.
Ambassador - Michelle McManus
Michelle McManus is the Scottish singer-songwriter, actress, columnist, radio DJ and television presenter, who rose to fame after winning the second series of the UK talent show Pop Idol. The Association was delighted to welcome her as an Ambassador of the Association in 2011.
Ambassador - Nicola Cassells
Nicola Cassells is a 23 year old modern classical singer from Ayr in Scotland. Seen as the next Sarah Brightman, she may be only 5 feet tall but she has a voice like no other. The Association were delighted to welcome her as an Ambassador of the Association after she has already supported so many of our events including the SSBA Burns Supper and Duncan Bannatyne Questionable Ball.
Nicola's recent support of the Association has seen her kindly donating 5% of the overall sales from everything including her album and merchandise to us. To pledge your support for Nicola please click HERE
Meggan Dawson-Farrell is a wonderful inspiration to individuals with spina bifida and hydrocephalus. Not only has she taken up an active life of wheelchair racing, she has shown the strength and determination to battle a range of challenges with her health. Meggan has also recently been chosen to take part in the Commonwealth Games in 2014 for Team Scotland and also been chosen for Team GB for the 2016 Rio Olympics! We are delighted Meggan has become an Ambassador for the Association and we are absolutely thrilled to be working with her.