Appeal Patrons

Following the announcement in our September Newsletter, Life NoW has established the role of 'Appeal Patron' - read on for further information about this key role and our Appeal Patrons.

What is an Appeal Patron?

Appeal Patrons are a network of key and influential figures from the Northwest who raise the awareness and profile of Life NoW, gaining us “region wide” support. A very important role!

Rt. Rev Paul Bayes, Bishop of Liverpool

We are thrilled to introduce the first Appeal Patron of Life NoW, the Rt. Rev Paul Bayes, Bishop of Liverpool.

“It is with great pleasure that I join the work of Life NoW as their first Appeal Patron. I give my wholehearted support and encouragement to this excellent and necessary project. I am hugely impressed by the faithfulness, professionalism and perseverance of the Charity’s Trustees in carrying this work forward. One of my aims as Bishop of Liverpool is to be with people and for them when they are in trouble or things are hard: this is precisely what Life NoW seeks to do for young people with life-limiting conditions, not forgetting their families who are faced with the unpredictable nature of their son’s or daughter’s condition 24/7.

I am convinced there is an urgent need for a hospice for young adults in the North West and North Wales area, which will bridge-the-gap between children’s and adult services. Young people with terminal and life-limiting conditions in the area need our help. I strongly commend this work for your earnest consideration and support.”

Dame Lorna Muirhead DBE SRN SCM CStJ FRCOG FRCM, Lord Lieutenant of Merseyside

Dame Lorna Muirhead was appointed HM Lord-Lieutenant of Merseyside in 2006. Dame Lorna trained as a nurse and then as a midwife before coming to Liverpool in 1965. For most of her working life Dame Lorna was a clinical midwife, first at the Liverpool Maternity Hospital, Oxford Street and latterly at the Liverpool Women's Hospital. Her passion was the care of labouring women and during almost 40 years she delivered thousands of Liverpool's babies.
In 1995 she was elected President of the Royal College of Midwives and served 8 years as a National and International Ambassador for midwives. During that time she was an adviser to five Secretaries of State on the strategy and delivery of the maternity services in the UK.
Her contribution and passion for midwives, midwifery, women and their families was acknowledged in 2000 when she was awarded Dame Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for service to midwifery.

We are delighted to announce that Life NoW has 4 new Appeal Patrons. We are so grateful for the support and encouragement they bring to the vision and work of Life NoW.

David Biggs MBE Lord-Lieutenant of Cheshire

David Briggs is a barrister by profession. His duties as Lord-Lieutenant include arranging Royal visits to the county and presenting awards on behalf of Her Majesty. David is also Cheshire Chairman of the Order of St. John and a Member of the NW Leadership Team for the Prince’s Trust.
He is Chairman of the Advisory Committee on Justices of the Peace and Honorary Colonel of the Cheshire Army Cadets. He also encourages good nominations for honour, both personal and for The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service and for The Queen’s Award for Enterprise. He is involved with a large number of local charities and is keen to act as a bridge between the commercial, professional, and voluntary sector.
He was appointed MBE for his services to St John and the community in Cheshire in 2009 .In March 2010 he was appointed HM Lord-Lieutenant of Cheshire.

Lesley Martin-Wright JP, Deputy Lieutenant for Merseyside

Lesley Martin-Wright is the Chief Executive of Knowsley Chamber of Commerce. Lesley is also the non-executive Director of the Merseyside Special Investment Fund.
As a Dame of the Order, she is Mersey Commander of the Military and Hospitaller Order of St Lazarus, one of the most ancient of the European orders of chivalry. The Order is a non-political and ecumenical Christian order.
In 1993, she became one of the youngest magistrates ever to be appointed in the county. She is also on the governing body of Merchant Taylors’ School, Crosby.

Mr Russell Hogarth, Honorary Fellow & Ambassador for the University of Central Lancashire

Russell Hogarth is Honorary Fellow of the Schools of Health and of Social Work at the University of Central Lancashire. He is also Community Engagement Ambassador and Co-Founder & Chair of the Creative Communities Group.
Russell co-founded the Pan-University Creative Communities Group in 2012 along with a number of his colleagues including, Professor Rod Dubrow-Marshall, Deputy Vice Chancellor of Derby University, and Stephen Sloss, Chief Executive of Salvere and formerly Director of Social Services, Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council.
With his knowledge of mental health, social care and policy-making Russell is now recognised and well respected both nationally and internationally. His voluntary work in this area has resulted in him being invited to consultations at both the House of Commons and House of Lords.

Mrs Ruth Gould, Deputy Lieutenant of Merseyside

Ruth is the Artistic Director of DaDaFest, a cutting-edge Disability and Deaf Arts Agency, working not only from its base in Liverpool, but across the North West, as well as nationally and internationally. It delivers an annual Festival and other arts events to promote high quality disability & deaf arts from unique cultural perspectives. It also produces opportunities for disabled and deaf people to access the arts.
She is passionate about disability and deaf arts celebrated as cultural diversities. Ruth speaks regularly at conferences globally about disability and deaf arts.