Royal Patron, Patrons and Ambassadors

We are supported by some amazing people.

Royal Patron - Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall.

We are very grateful for Her Royal Highnesses ongoing support. Thank you.

Co-Presidents - Liccy Dahl and Sir Quentin Blake

Liccy, Roald Dahl's widow set up the charity in memory of Roald Dahl in 1991. Sir Quentin Blake was also involved from the beginning  and has contributed to many of the charity's activities over the years from commissioning special illustrations, including the charity's mascot Marvin the marvellous crocodile to raising funds from special auctions.

Liccy Dahl
Liccy Dahl
Quentin Blake artwork
Sir Quentin Blake

Find Out More about Sir Quentin's part in our history


Dame Julie Walters DBE

A former nurse herself, Julie understand the importance of nurses who help seriously ill children and their families. The much-loved actress is a patron to the charity and became involved when the organisation was The Roald Dahl Foundation. She has been a special guest at the charity's annual Roald Dahl nurses conference and continues to support our work.

Dame Julie Walters and children
Theo and Maddie Dahl

Theo is Roald Dahl's only son and has been a supporter of our organisation for many years getting involved with his wife Maddie as often as possible.

Joanna Lumley OBE and Quentin Blake illustration
Joanna Lumley OBE

Joanna has been involved in our work for over 15 years and is an incredible supporter of seriously ill children and their families. 

Tim Minchin playing Matilda in Sydney
Tim Minchin

Comedian and writer Tim Minchin, whose musical adaptation of Roald Dahl's Matilda has taken the world by storm. In Tim's words (written for Matilda) "Even if you're little you can do a lot, you mustn't let a little thing like little stop you."

Claudia Winkleman, Patron
Claudia Winkleman

Claudia was first introduced to the charity by Liccy Dahl in 2009 and has been involved with charitable events such as the Roald Dahl Dress Up Day. Claudia is an amazing support with fundraising events and appeal.


Dr Arif, Ambassador
Dr Nighat Arif

Dr Nighat Arif is resident GP on BBC Breakfast and This Morning. She is also a family GP and is based locally to the charity’s headquarters in Amersham, Buckinghamshire. Dr Arif is a “huge Roald Dahl fan” and is regularly seen on BBC Breakfast with her giant BFG mug!

Martin Goodwin, Ambassador
Martin Goodwin

Martin Goodwin served as a Trustee for the charity for nine years and before that on the Board of the Roald Dahl Foundation. He was our Chairman for six years and put his heart and soul into supporting seriously ill children. 

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