The Brain Charity are proud to have the support of the following distinguished patrons who generously give their time to support our work.
Roger Phillips is a well known broadcaster on Radio Merseyside and his daily lunchtime phone in show is essential listening for thousands of Merseysiders. Roger was born in Manchester, and studied at Cambridge University, arriving in Liverpool as an actor in the early 70s to join the Everyman Theatre. He subsequently worked as a hackney cab driver, before falling by chance into local radio, at BBC Radio Merseyside, in 1978. He has worked as a broadcaster since then, apart from a short break when he went to the West End to perform in a Mike Harding show called 'One Night Stand’.
Roger has been a Patron of The Brain Charity for several years and is in regular attendance at our events, hosting the annual fundraising ball and rounding off our Head Matters Day during Brain Awareness Week - which is always quite a dash to get to after his lunchtime show finishes!
Roger is full of praise for the organisation, “The Brain Charity is beginning to register much more on the national stage, so I’d like to praise all the staff and volunteers for their support, which is ultimately support for all of the people who come through the doors. As The Brain Charity continues to develop, all I can say is onwards and upwards!"
In Memorium: Sir Bert Massie CBE
Until recently Sir Bert Massie was a very dear patron of The Brain Charity. He will be remembered with much fondness by the whole team here.
Sir Bert was a proud Liverpudlian who spent his life campaigning to bring about changes to make the world a more accessible place for those with disabilities and during his lifetime he was involved with over thirty disability organisations. In 2007 Sir Bert was knighted for his 'services to disabled people’ and in April 2014, he was commissioned a Deputy Lieutenant to the Lord Lieutenant of Merseyside.
Sir Bert was instrumental in many changes which have led to a better world for disabled people, from improving fundamental human rights and accessibility to changes to welfare benefits. He was a committed Patron of our charity and, despite his busy diary, he always made the time to attend our events.
Nanette Mellor, The Brain Charity CEO, said: "Sir Bert was a very eminent and celebrated leader of the disability rights movement as a Patron of The Brain Charity he offered us a great deal of expertise and wisdom. We are so sad that he is no longer with us but extremely proud to have known him."