Ambassadors for Martin House

16 October 2014
The Yorkshire celebrities have been named as the first official Ambassadors for the charity which supports children and young adults with a life-limiting illnesses.

Christine Talbot, co-presenter on ITV Calendar’s news programme, has been supporter of the hospice for many years and will now act as an Ambassador for the cause.  Christine says “I have covered many stories about Martin House during my years as the presenter of ITV Calendar and that gave me an opportunity to get to know the amazing people who run it and stay there.  It also happens to be on my doorstep and as a Wetherby resident I know how close Martin House is to this community, as well as to the wider area. It is a place of sanctuary, joy, love and compassion and despite the sadness of the situations being endured by its visitors it is a happy and inspirational environment.  I'm so proud to have been asked to be an Ambassador for the Hospice and look forward to being part of a very special and vitally important place.”

Christine joins Ryan Sidebottom, Yorkshire County Cricket player and Mike Heaton, drummer in Embrace, as the first to sign up to the role of Ambassador for the hospice.

Mike Heaton’s involvement with Martin House began in 2009 when he was approached by the charity to endorse their new Centre Stage music fundraiser. Mike then visited the hospice and said “I was blown away by Martin House and instantly felt that I wanted to help in any way possible. Having young children myself and recognising the importance of music therapy within the hospice, I felt a strong affinity, both as a parent and as a musician. I am delighted to have been asked to be an official Ambassador for the hospice.”
Huddersfield born Ryan Sidebottom, currently plays for Yorkshire County Cricket Club and has been a supporter of the hospice for many years.  Ryan has attended numerous fundraising events for the charity and last December arrived in a helicopter, alongside Father Christmas, to deliver presents to the children at the hospice.

Chief Executive, Angela Monaghan said “We are delighted to now have three Ambassadors in these very important new roles for the hospice.  We value the time and commitment that they dedicate to Martin House; from attending events and fundraising for us, to spreading the word and encouraging others to take part.  We hope that they will enable us to raise the profile of the hospice and the work that we do in supporting more than 340 families across the Yorkshire region.”