2006 David Cameron Becomes a Patron
Patrons are vital to any charity and KIDS has always been particularly fortunate in the people who have supported it.
The key to success is finding people who are well-known, well-connected and deeply committed to the cause they will be asked to support with public appearances, fundraising efforts and face-to-face meetings. Some prefer to do their work behind the scenes; others are more effusive and public in their efforts. Among the individuals who have contributed to KIDS over the years have been Lord Compton, whose generosity included the land for our first holiday centre in Easton Maudit, current President Rosa Monckton and Cherie Blair, who together introduced us to a new tier of political movers and shakers including Gordon Brown. Most recently, the charity has been fortunate to receive the support of David Cameron.
The Camerons first became aware of KIDS as the parents of a disabled child living in Kensington and Chelsea, an area covered by a KIDS Portage service. Our staff visited Ivan Cameron at home and provided practical support to him and his family. In 2006, David agreed to become a patron, a commitment of time and energy which continued even after the sad death of Ivan in February 2009.
Among Mr Cameron's contributions were speaking at two business breakfasts organised by the charity: one at JP Morgan in 2006 and another at IronMongers Hall in 2008. Both events were highly successful in attracting interest from the business and financial communities. Most recently, writing in the forward to last year's KIDS Gala brochure, he paid generous tribute to an organisation he not only supports but also clearly values:
“For nearly 40 years, KIDS has been making a real difference to the lives of many children and their families. I am proud to serve as a patron of KIDS, and delighted to lend it my support."
As an acknowledgement and encouragement of the work we do, KIDS is understandably proud of the support and patronage we continue to receive from David Cameron. This is especially true given the increased burden on his time and energy since becoming Prime Minister in May 2010.
You can find out more about our patrons here.