Sir Richard Branson
Sir Richard Branson, internationally renowned businessman and entrepreneur, was first introduced to COSMIC’s work by a journalist friend whose son had survived meningococcal septicaemia in St Mary’s PICU at the age of 10 months. He and the Virgin Group have been tremendously supportive of COSMIC’s fundraising efforts over the years.
Ben Fogle broadcaster, traveller and adventurer has been a constant visitor to St Mary’s Hospital, where his children were born. Ben has seen first hand the difference a caring team of nurses can make and understands the impact a poorly child can have on the entire family.
Ben has rowed the Atlantic Ocean, crossed Antarctica on foot, run across the Sahara and crossed the Empty Quarter on camel. He has presented numerous hit programmes on the BBC, ITV and Channel 5 including, New Lives in the Wild, Extreme Dreams, and Countrywise and written six Sunday Times bestseller books. His most recent book ‘Land Rover: The Story of the Car that Conquered the World’ was published by Harper Collins last year.
Fay Ripley, renowned actress, has been a long term supporter of COSMIC since her niece was treated on the unit. Helping with event, fundraising, and our appeal videos, Fay has been a great ambassador for the charity.
BAFTA nominated Fay Ripley found fame as Jenny in the hugely popular drama ‘Cold Feet’. She has also starred in dramas ‘The Delivery Man’, ‘Suspects’ and ‘Monday Monday’. Film credits include The Announcement and A Mute Witness.
In the last few years Fay has found success as an award winning food writer in the form of ‘Fay’s Family Food’ and ‘What’s For Dinner’ with her latest book ‘Fay Makes It Easy’. She is an ad hoc presenter on The One Show and a recipe contributor to many publications. Fay lives in London with her husband and two children.
“My niece is now an amazing bubbly teenager and we have this unit to thank for her healthy beautiful life”
Sir Terry Wogan – COSMIC Patron 1994 – 2016
COSMIC were honored to have Sir Terry Wogan, a COSMIC Patron from 1994 to 2016.
Sir Terry first learned about the work of the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at St Mary’s Hospital London when in 1993 he saw “Cries of Alarm” a critically acclaimed documentary about the St. Mary’s PICU rapid response team as they rush to treat critically ill children. Sir Terry visited the newly formed PICU and then became a committed supporter of COSMIC (Children of St Mary’s Intensive Care) Charity, attending key fundraising events. With his charm and wit he persuaded people to dig deep into their pockets to support this good cause. Terry himself also gave generously to Dr Habibi’s COSMIC Rays who swam the English Channel. Giving his patronage to COSMIC raised the profile of the charity and with money raised meant the PICU soon became fully equipped and established as a centre of excellence for treating children with life-threatening illnesses.