Retired golfer Tony Jacklin has been named Patron of the Rainbows Hospice for children and young people.
He joins other famous Patrons helping raise awareness of the charity including TV personality Angela Rippon and ex-footballer Peter Shilton.
By helping to raise awareness, Tony has pledged his support as a patron to the hospice which cares for children and young people with life-limiting illnesses in the East Midlands, including those from Melton and other parts of Leicestershire.
Originally from the East Midlands, Tony’s career began when he was 17-years-old and he’s now recognised as one of the most iconic golfers of the 20th century. He is a multiple winner on the European Tour as well as a three-time winning Ryder Cup captain. Tony also won the 1969 Open Championship and the 1970 US Open.
He said: “I’m thrilled to be named a patron for Rainbows. It’s such a great organisation and does such fantastic work. I’m looking forward to helping with fundraising efforts and visiting the charity when I’m in the UK.”
Director of fundraising at Rainbows Patricia Brookes comments, ‘Our Patrons and Ambassadors at Rainbows are outstanding in helping us to spread the word of the hospice. We are very grateful to all of them for the wonderful work they do and for promoting the charity all over the UK. We are delighted to welcome Tony as our newest Patron.’
Just like everyone else, our children need a place to play, laugh and love life. A place where they and their families are cared for and supported. Welcome to Rainbows – the East Midlands’ hospice for children and young people.
Making the difference
Sadly, some children simply don’t live long enough. Since 1994 we’ve opened our doors and hearts to those children and the people who love them most. And now more than ever, we need your help to keep on bringing care and happiness to our children and families.
As the East Midlands’ only hospice for children and young people, Rainbows is a place where life-limited children and their families can find care and support. Our incredible team of people helps relieve symptoms, improve quality of life, support parents and siblings through their bereavements and care for children until the end.
Tony Jacklin was the most successful British player of his generation, winning two major championships. He was also the most successful European Ryder Cup captain ever.