Ambassadors to help hospice

NAWN 1410212AM1 Martin House new ambassadors. Drummer with the band Embrace Mike Heaton and ITV's Calendar's  Christine Talbot have become ambassadors/patrons for Martin House and are seen her with Chief Executive Angela Monaghan. Picture : Adrian Murray.(1410212AM1)
NAWN 1410212AM1 Martin House new ambassadors. Drummer with the band Embrace Mike Heaton and ITV's Calendar's Christine Talbot have become ambassadors/patrons for Martin House and are seen her with Chief Executive Angela Monaghan. Picture : Adrian Murray.(1410212AM1)
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Three Yorkshire celebrities have been unveiled as the first official ambassadors for Martin House Children’s Hospice.

ITV Calendar’s Christine Talbot, Embrace drummer Mike Heaton and Yorkshire cricketer Ryan Sidebottom will help raise the profile of the Clifford-based facility for children with life-limiting illnesses.

Chief Executive Angela Monaghan said: “We are delighted to now have three Ambassadors in these very important new roles for the hospice.

“We value the time and commitment that they dedicate to Martin House; from attending events and fundraising for us, to spreading the word and encouraging others to take part.

“We hope that they will enable us to raise the profile of the hospice and the work that we do in supporting more than 340 families across the Yorkshire region.”

Christine Talbot has been a supporter of the hospice for many years.

“I have covered many stories about Martin House during my years as the presenter of ITV Calendar and that gave me an opportunity to get to know the amazing people who run it and stay there.

“It also happens to be on my doorstep and as a Wetherby resident I know how close Martin House is to this community, as well as to the wider area.”

Mike Heaton’s involvement with Martin House started in 2009 when he was asked to endorse the new Centre Stage fundraiser.

“Having young children myself and recognising the importance of music therapy within the hospice, I felt a strong affinity, both as a parent and as a musician.”