Our mission is to create a world where no woman dies of ovarian cancer, but we cannot do that alone. Our ambassadors help us to raise awareness and fund the research we know will improve the lives of women today and for generations to come.
Theatre and TV actor Gwyneth Strong is our dedicated Patron. Gwyneth sadly lost her mother to ovarian cancer more than 20 years ago so she’s seen, first hand, the devastating impact of the disease. She’s dedicated to raising awareness and doing all she can to drive funds to our research centre.
“Ovarian cancer kills more women than all the other gynaecological cancers together. It’s not right, then, that it doesn’t get the attention it deserves. More awareness will lead to better funding. And that means fewer lives lost. And that’s why I am so dedicated to my role as patron to the charity. I will do all I can to make more people aware and improve outcomes for women affected by the disease.”
Julia Bradbury presented our BBC Lifeline Appeal in January 2021 and shares our passion in challenging the health inequalities women face. From Countryfile to Watchdog and Britain's Best Walks, Julia has presented many of our favourite TV shows, and we are so grateful for her support.
“Here in the UK, a woman dies of ovarian cancer every two hours. Yet most of us haven’t even heard of the disease, let alone its symptoms, which are often mistaken for less serious conditions such as IBS or even the menopause. Ovarian Cancer Action runs innovative public awareness campaigns as well as funding vital research into preventing the disease, diagnosing it as early as possible, and discovering kinder and more effective treatments. Improvements in each of these areas will transform the lives of women today and for generations to come.”
Dr Brooke Vandermolen aka The OBGYN Mum is an NHS doctor currently working and training as a Registrar in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in London. She has experience clinically, dealing with all aspects of women’s health and pregnancy, including assessing patients with a range of gynaecological concerns, and performing and assisting in surgical procedures. Her passion is sharing evidence-based information to help women understand their bodies, their choices, and improve awareness so no subject is taboo any longer.
Brooke is proud to be an ambassador for Ovarian Cancer Action as it is a charity close to her heart, after a close family member suffered from ovarian cancer. She is passionate about improving awareness and early diagnosis.
Sharon Hodgson is the Labour MP for Washington and Sunderland West and the Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Ovarian Cancer. The group leaves party politics aside to work tirelessly to improve ovarian cancer survival rates and raise awareness with policy makers. Sharon has partnered with Ovarian Cancer Action on many of our campaigns, including uniting Parliament to support earlier diagnosis on World Ovarian Cancer Day.
“As the Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Ovarian Cancer, I am proud to be an ambassador of Ovarian Cancer Action and to support the amazing work they do every day to raise awareness of ovarian cancer and fund further research into this awful disease.”
Academy award winning actor, Kate Winslet, kindly lent her voice to our 2019 ‘I Will Survive’ campaign.
“Having lost our mum to ovarian cancer in 2017, as a family we have first-hand experience of the awful loss that comes with this terrible disease. Early screening and further research is invaluable. Raising awareness as well as funds, becomes immediately empowering to women and girls, whilst at the same time giving genuine hope for a brighter future and cancer free lives.”
Singer, songwriter and musician Birdy created a new arrangement of Gloria Gaynor’s ‘I Will Survive’ for our 2019 campaign of the same name.
“I feel so honoured to be a part of this film for Ovarian Cancer Action. My uncle, who worked on the project, forwarded the clip to me and the first thing I thought was how little I knew about the disease. Please learn the symptoms and if you can, help fund ovarian cancer research. We can make things better for the next generation.”
Singer, model and disco queen, Sophie Ellis-Bextor started supporting us in 2015 after her son’s school friend lost her mother to ovarian cancer.
“I find it so surprising that ovarian cancer doesn’t get the attention it deserves. It's a disease that strikes at the heart of what it is to be a woman, yet awareness is so poor. It’s time more was done to change that.”
TV and film actor Emilia Fox fronted one of our very first symptom awareness ad campaigns in 2009, when awareness of ovarian cancer was at an all time low. One of Emilia’s closest friends lost her sister to ovarian cancer and understands too well that we need greater awareness and further research to help more women survive the disease.
“There are still so many myths out there about ovarian cancer, not least that it’s an ‘old lady’s disease’. This is dangerous and I know all too well that it’s not true. All women need to be educated about ovarian cancer and all women should care enough to speak out about a disease that claims the life of another woman every two hours.”