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 Presidents and Patrons

We are extremely fortunate to receive fantastic support from our wonderful Patrons who launch Appeals, attend events, create publicity, help raise our profile, and who give their time freely, making an invaluable contribution to Velindre.

Jonathan Davies OBE President

A sporting legend! Born in Trimsaran, Jonathan has had a magnificent rugby career in both codes. As President of Velindre Fundraising Jonathan has been a wonderful supporter for many years and we have benefited enormously from his generosity, gifts and great contacts. Jonathan led Velindre’s first ever overseas bike ride event, the Captains California Bike Ride, cycling 400km in September 2012, and also our East Coast Bike Ride from Boston to New York in 2014. His wonderful support of Velindre was recognized with an OBE in 2015.

People don't appreciate the work Velindre does until the unfortunate time comes and you need it, then you realise how good a place it is and how hard people work there.  They are amazing.

Jonathan Davies OBE

Roy Noble Vice-President

We are very fortunate at Velindre Cancer Centre to have had Roy as our Vice President for many years now, and everyone at Velindre is extremely grateful for his continued support. A former headteacher, in 1999 Roy received a prestigious Sony Award which has helped to cement his place as one of Wales’s most popular broadcasters.  In 2001 Roy was awarded an OBE for his charity work.

Velindre Hospital is a beacon of hope and recovery for so many cancer patients in Wales. We constantly meets inspirational people who hold Velindre so dear in their fight against this trying illness.

Roy Noble



James Dean Bradfield Patron

James grew up in Blackwood and formed the Manic Street Preachers with his cousin and friends. The Manics have gone on to achieve commercial and critical success, James spent many hours at his mother’s bedside at Velindre and wrote a song about the experiences. James played a very rare, magnificent solo set at the Velindre California Ball in June 2012 to a sold out and extremely appreciative audience. James led our 150th anniversary trek to Patagonia in 2015 alongside fellow Manic Sean Moore.

The staff conduct themselves with such dignity and they took my mother’s mind off the pain she was going through, so it’s not a depressing place, it’s actually quite uplifting.

James Dean Bradfield 


Martyn Williams MBE Patron

Martyn started his glittering rugby career at Pontypridd and has since achieved legendary status by being capped 100 times for Wales. The annual Martyn Williams Walks are very popular, attracting hundreds of walkers, keen to support Martyn & Velindre. After completing the Captains California Bike Ride in 2012, in 2013 Martyn led the Kilimanjaro Trek of a Lifetime with 50 participants. He has since taken part in the East Coast Bike Ride in 2014and led our Ride the Rockies bike ride from Canmore to Jasper in 2016

Velindre Hospital has been providing great support to cancer patients and their families for many years. I’m well aware of the fantastic work carried out at the Hospital, and I’m delighted to be a Patron of Velindre and to be able to help in any way that I can.

Martyn Williams 

Brynmor Williams Patron

A former rugby international for Wales, Brynmor was born in Cardigan, a fluent Welsh-speaker who is a regular commentator and a highly respected studio analyst for S4C. He's an excellent after dinner speaker, and has provided great entertainment at many dinners in aid of Velindre.

I am absolutely delighted to be a Patron of Velindre. I am aware of the outstanding work they do for the community and it is a pleasure to be able to support the charity on a close quarter basis.

Brynmor Williams

Sam Warburton Patron

Sam made his full debut for Wales in 2000 and scored his first international try against Italy in 2011. Sam is the second youngest player to Captain his country and is only the second person to lead the British & Irish Lions on 2 tours. Sam, his family and friends are terrific supporters of Velindre. He regularly attends events, launches appeals, and visits patients at Velindre


Being asked to be a Patron for Velindre was one of the easiest decisions I've had to make. It's a charity which is very close to my heart and I love to help raise money for a fantastic cause. It was a privilege to be asked to be a Patron and something I am extremely proud of.

Sam Warburton 


Rhod Gilbert Patron

In In 2013 Rhod led Velindre’s Trek of a Lifetime up Kilimanjaro with fellow Velindre Patron Martyn Williams, and more recently he led a 60 strong group including Manics frontman and fellow Velindre Patron James Dean Bradfield trekking in Patagonia for Velindre as part of the 150th Anniversary celebrations of the Welsh settlers arrival in South America. Rhod has organised and fronted various comedy nights at Aberdare Coliseum and the Park & Dare theatre in Treorchy, featuring many celebrity friends, which were all sell out events raising over £100,000 for Velindre, as well as hosting quiz nights for other Velindre supporters. Rhod will be leading our Peru trek in September 2017.


 I have heard nothing but praise for the work Velindre does, and for its fantastic staff, who have gone beyond the call of duty to give cancer sufferers and their families the best possible care and support at a very difficult time.

Rhod Gilbert 



Mike Hall Patron

A former Wales & British Lions Rugby Legend - has been an avid supporter of Velindre since 2009.He has taken part in several overseas events including the very first Captains Climb up Mount Kilimanjaro in 2010, the Captains California Bike Ride in 2012, the Captains East Coast Bike Ride in 2014.  As well as these overseas events, Mike has supported many other fundraising events for Velindre, he's launched several events and appeals, he's organised 2 very successful fundraising balls and more recently he's written a book 'The Mike Hall Story' with the proceeds being donated to Velindre.

After a number of years helping to fund raise for Velindre I am delighted to accept the postion as Patron ,and hopefully can continue to make a meaningful contribution in the years to come, to help an amazing charity.

Mike Hall


Shane Williams Patron 

Ospreys, Wales and British Lions legend Shane Williams became an Ambassador of Velindre several years ago after retiring from rugby and throwing himself into fundraising. He's run various marathons, triathlons, attended various dinners, Question of Sport events, launched appeals and helped with many media activities. In November 2015 he led our 1st Patagonia Trek with Sean Holley and Julian Lewis Jones and in June 2017, ahead of the Lions' tour of New Zealand, he will be leading our Ride With The Pride - a 400km bike ride from Auckland to Matamata. In recognition of his wonderful commitment and support, Shane was made a Patron in 2016.


The work Velindre does is massively important. Almost everyone is affected by cancer and Velindre's continuous work makes a huge difference. It is a pleasure to be their Patron.

Shane Williams MBE

Carolyn Hitt Patron

Our latest Patron, we are very fortunate at Velindre Fundraising to have the support of Carolyn Hitt.
Carolyn has written and presented television and radio series on the arts, popular culture, consumer issues, women’s issues, history and sport for Radio 4, BBC Wales and ITV Wales, and has her insightful column for Media Wales is essential reading.
Carolyn first became an Ambassador for Velindre Fundraising in 2013 after her mother was treated at Velindre and has continued to support the Hospital ever since.
An experienced and accomplished after dinner speaker and compere, Carolyn has spoken at a variety of Velindre fundraising events, and joined us on our 150th anniversary trek in Patagonia in November 2015 and raised almost £30,000 in sponsorship.

One of the things I take most pride in, is being an ambassador for Velindre, the Cancer Centre which has been providing support to Welsh patients and their families for nearly 60 years. I know from my late mother’s experience of being treated at Velindre what an incredible place it is.

Carolyn Hitt