Sir Tony Robinson is an actor and TV presenter, best known for his role as Baldrick in BBC television series Blackadder as well as presenter of Channel 4's Time Team and The Worst Jobs in History. His mother lived with dementia and Tony directed a powerfully moving documentary called Me and My Mum about the final days of her life. Tony believes that Alive is "at the forefront of promoting stimulating activities which help improve the quality of life of people in care" and is happy to support the charity as Patron.
Professor Dawn Brooker PhD C Psychol clin is Director of the Association for Dementia Studies at The University of Worcester, and one of the most pre-eminent voices in modern dementia care worldwide.
'I was delighted to be asked to be a Patron of Alive The work they do taps into something that is fundamental to quality of life. I remember reviewing a research study a few years ago (Harmer & Orrell, 2008) that compared the views of what constitutes meaningful activity with people with dementia living in care homes, the staff who cared for them and their family members. It was refreshing to have a study that worked hard at listening to what people with dementia said themselves was important to them and that carefully analysed what was said. The themes that emerged from the people living with dementia were that talking about old times, music and spending time with family and friends were important. Person centred approaches need to build activities and opportunities around the needs of residents not around the needs of the institution. The work provided by Alive is all about Person centred activity that is meaningful to residents.'
Richard Pendlebury MBE DL is a social entrepreneur who has been instrumental in creating 5 new charities. He is currently the Director of homeless charity Emmaus Bristol, Trustee of the Temple Ecclesiastical Trust, and Founder and Patron of Changing Tunes. He was made an MBE for charitable services to the community and was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant at The Lord Lieutenancy in the County and City of Bristol.
Mr Acker Bilk MBE (1929-2014) was an internationally famous musician described as The Great Master of the Clarinet. He was most famously known for his melody Stranger on the Shore and had this to say about Alive: "All my life I have seen first hand the amazing healing power of music. Please support Alive! and help them to bring a little happiness into the lives of our vulnerable older people."