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Royal Voluntary Service ambassadors & supporters

Our ambassadors & supporters assist the charity by promoting the work our volunteers do supporting people in need in hospital, at home and in the community.

Our ambassadors

Felicity Kendal CBE

Felicity Kendal has been an ambassador for Royal Voluntary Service since 2011, and has played a vital part in many of our campaigns to help older people across the country.

Felicity, has even gotten stuck into a little volunteering herself, having spent the day as a  volunteer, delivering healthy meals and a friendly face to older people across Liss in Hampshire. 

Felicity was 'amazed' at the difference the work of the charity makes to the quality of life of older people.

"It’s wonderful to be an ambassador for a charity with such a rich history. I’m lucky enough to have seen first-hand the extraordinary effect its volunteers have on patients in hospital and on older people in the community."

Roy Noble OBE

Roy Noble OBE has been an ambassador for Royal Voluntary Service since our 75th Anniversary in 2013.

Being a popular presenter, Roy is well placed to help promote issues and advice on the health, support and care of older people across Wales and beyond, as well as keeping the public informed of the services Royal Voluntary Service can offer and how we can help.

Roy is passionate about helping in all kinds of charitable causes, and was delighted to have been included in our 75th Anniversary celebrations, as well as being present to recognise and celebrate exceptional older volunteers, and acting as a judge in our 2012 Diamond Champions event at St James' Palace, London.

"I am really pleased to lend my support to such a fantastic charity. I think that the work that Royal Voluntary Service does in helping older people lead the kind of lives that they want to is vitally important."

Elaine Paige OBE

Elaine Paige OBE became an Ambassador for Royal Voluntary Service in February 2018.  First Lady of Musical Theatre Elaine plays a pivotal role in promoting the work the charity does helping communities and hospitals.

Elaine helped us to celebrate our 80th Anniversary at a photography exhibition The Gift of Time at gallery@oxo, in London where together with volunteers, supporters, partners, staff and some well-known names, we unveiled our display of compelling images from 1938 to the modern-day, we also exhibited our present services in a suite of images taken by renowned celebrity photographer Nicky Johnston.

To further mark the opening of exhibition, Elaine recreated one of the most arresting images from our archives, Miss Mercury of the WVS (as Royal Voluntary Service was formerly known).

During the pandemic, Elaine has taken part and performed in a number of our celebratory events on our Virtual Village Hall. The Viirtual Village Hall is an online community created to bring people, clients and volunteers together, when it wasn't possible to meet in person with our clubs and social activities temporarily closed.

"I think the charity’s volunteers do a remarkable job keeping older people happy and engaged in their local communities and helping out in hospitals. With an ageing population, we need more of them than ever."

Dame Patricia Routledge DBE

Dame Patricia Routledge takes great pride in her association with Royal Voluntary Service and finds it a great privilege to be involved with a charity that helps so many people throughout the country.

The award-winning actress has been familiar with our work since childhood when during the Second World War she was very aware of the vital contribution the WVS was making to the war effort.

She has always been interested and impressed by the movement and is always ready to help promote the history and value the organisation has made to society and the role of volunteers and volunteering within it.

"The dedication and hard work of Royal Voluntary Service volunteers make an enormous difference to the lives of thousands of people across the British Isles. I am proud to be associated with the organisation."

Phillip Schofield

Phillip has been an ambassador for Royal Voluntary Service since 2011 when he supported us in ITV's Text Santa campaign, visiting services across Britain.

He has since supported us on several campaigns, including Diamond Champions - a campaign to recognise the incredible contribution of Britain's older volunteers.

"I am very pleased to support Royal Voluntary Service. The work of the charity makes a real difference to the lives of older people in this country."

Josette Simon OBE

"It is crucial that older people get the support and quality of life we all deserve. Older people too often are written off; charities like Royal Voluntary Service do vital work in helping them live life not just exist."

Wayne Sleep OBE

Wayne Sleep has been an ambassador for Royal Voluntary Service since May 2016, after supporting us with our second GrandFest event in Spitalfields, London.

Since becoming an ambassador, Wayne has supported us in many ways including at GrandFest and was on hand to say thank you to players of People’s Postcode Lottery for raising £5 million as he made a guest appearance at our volunteer-run dance club in Banbury, Oxfordshire. 

"I am proud to be an Ambassador for Royal Voluntary Service. My late mother was a stalwart of the WVS as it used to be known and it played a big part in her life, so I feel I’m continuing family tradition by lending my support to the charity."

Our supporters

We would also like to thank our supporters who help promote our work including:

Ross Kemp

For the second year running, actor and television presenter Ross Kemp, in partnership with Royal Voluntary Service and the Together Coalition has launched ‘Cheers for Volunteers’ as part of national Thank You Day celebrations.

This year, Thank You Day will call on the whole country to unite on the final day of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations to say a huge thank you to the volunteers who make such an enormous contribution to our country.

In June 2021, ‘Cheers for Volunteers, helped recognise the incredible effort of the 12.4 million volunteers who stepped up to support the nation during the pandemic.

“Every day, in every corner of the country, our volunteers shape our lives. They keep us safe, brighten our communities, entertain the kids, raise money for vital causes, and much more besides.  

“In the last two years that work has become ever more visible as we take care of each other in tough times and re-evaluate what’s important. But we’re still not good enough at recognising those who make a difference – that’s what Thank You Day is all about.”