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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, our East Coast Bike Ride from Boston to New York in 2014, and our West Coast  Ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles in 2018. 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


Hywel Peterson Vice-President 

Alan, Maggie and Hywel - The Petersons’ were the first group to be appointed as Family Ambassadors for Velindre in 2012 and have been terrific supporters for many years; the appointment of Hywel as a Velindre Vice President recognises this exceptional commitment and Hywel’s enthusiasm to take his support to a new level.

Hywel is highly respected by Velindre Patrons, many of whom he has worked closely with over the years and has a terrific reputation both in Wales and nationally and will be a wonderful addition to the Velindre Family we seek to raise even more funds to support cancer patients and their families in Wales.


I am extremely honoured to be appointed Vice President of Velindre Fundraising. My family & I have supported Velindre for a number years, so I’m delighted to be taking up this new role. 

Hywel Peterson 


Roy Noble OBE 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, Martyn led the Kilimanjaro Trek of a Lifetime in 2013. He has since taken part in the East Coast Bike Ride in 2014, led our Ride the Rockies bike ride from Canmore to Jasper in 2016 and our West Coast Bike Ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles in 2018

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 OBE Patron 

Sam made his full debut for Wales in 2010 and went on to captain his country a record 49 times. He is the youngest ever World Cup Captain, has won 2 Six Nations titles and a Grand Slam in 2012. Sam is the second youngest player to Captain his country and is an undefeated Lions Test Captain. Sam, his family and friends are terrific supporters of Velindre. He regularly attends events, launches appeals, hosts fundraising Balls and Lunches and visits patients at Velindre. Since retirement Sam will be leading his first Velindre overseas challenge, the 3 Canyons bike ride in September 2020.


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 September 2013 Rhod led his first Velindre event with the Trek of a Lifetime to the Roof of Africa, Kilimanjaro with fellow Velindre Patron Martyn Williams, and subsequently released a brilliant TV programme called Rhod v Kilimanjaro.

November 2015 saw Rhod lead a trek to Patagonia to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Welsh settlers arriving in South America, and in 2017 along with 50 other trekkers conquered a remote Inca trail culminating at Machu Picchu in Peru. In February 2019 Rhod spearheaded a trek along the Helambu trail in Nepal.

As well as raising hundreds of thousands of pounds through treks, there has been a series of memorable comedy evenings, with Rhod's Hoof Cancer Right where it Hurts shows  attracting the UK's finest comedians including Greg Davies, Michael McIntyre and John Bishop.



 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, Mike has been an avid supporter of Velindre since 2009 when he signed up to the Captains Climb up Mount Kilimanjaro in 2010. He has gone on to complete several other overseas events including the Captains California Bike Ride in 2012 and the Captains East Coast Bike Ride in 2014.  As well as these events Mike has supported many other Velindre events, launched appeals and organised two hugely successful fundraising balls. Velindre was also his chosen charity for his book ‘The Mike Hall Story’. Mike’s next Velindre challenge will be the 3 Canyons Bike Ride in September 2020.


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 MBE Patron 

Ospreys, Wales and British Lions legend Shane Williams became an Ambassador of Velindre several years ago after retiring from rugby. He threw himself into fundraising and took part in various challenges such as marathons, triathlons and bike rides and he attended various dinners and lunches, launched appeals, donated copious amounts of signed memorabilia and helped with many media activities. In 2015 Shane led our first Patagonia Trek celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Welsh settlers and in 2017, ahead of the British Lions Tour of New Zealand, he led our Ride With The Pride 400km bike ride from Auckland to Matama. In recognition of his wonderful support and commitment to Velindre, Shane was made a Patron in 2016 and his commitment and support has continued to grow. In 2018 he took part in our West Coast Bike Ride from Sam Francisco to LA and led Velindre Team in the Tour of Pembroke Bike Ride in 2018 & 2019. His next challenge will be in 2020 when he will lead our 3 Canyons Bike Ride with fellow Patron and rugby legend Sam Warburton.


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

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 us 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 raising 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


Geraint Thomas OBE Patron

Velindre President Jonathan Davies was delighted to announce at our Best of Wales Gala Ball that Geraint Thomas had accepted our invitation to become a Velindre Patron. Geraint is the first and only Welshman to win the Tour De France, and rides for UCI WorldTeam Team Ineos, Wales and Great Britain, competing on both track and road. On the track, he has won three World Championships and two Olympic gold medals. His incredible success saw him become BBC Sports Personality of the year.

Watch Geraint's video on why he became a Velindre Patron!



Good luck to everyone taking part in the Cardiff Triathlon 2019 Velindre Cancer Centre on 23 June. I hope you all manage to raise a load of money for a very worthy cause!!

Geraint Thomas


Gareth Bale Patron

At the same fundraising Dinner Jonathan was also able to announce Gareth Bale as a Patron. Gareth confirmed this with a post on social media in late August which resulted in Velindre’s Facebook, Instagram and Twitter followers numbers going through the roof! Gareth is Wales’ highest goal scorer and has over 70 caps, he has also won Welsh Footballer of the Year a record 6 times. In 2013 after being named Premier League Player of the Year he was transferred to Real Madrid for E100m and has since won the Copa del Rey, the Champions League four times, La Liga once, one Spanish Supercup, three Uefa Super Cups and four Fifa Club World Cups.

Delighted to announce that I have accepted an inviatation to be a Patron of Velindre Cancer Centre in Cardiff, please give them a follow!

 Gareth Bale