Known simply as “the Godfather of Bollywood” Amitabh Bachchan became acutely aware of deafblind issues when he starred in the award-winning Indian film Black, in which he plays the tutor of a deaf and blind girl.
Acclaimed actress Stephanie Beacham has a very personal reason for supporting Sense. Not only is she herself partially deaf, her late father was deafblind. That’s why she became involved in launching Sense’s older persons’ campaign Fill in the Gaps. She attended a parliamentary launch of the campaign in June 2006.
Long time supporter Richard Wilson first became involved with Sense when he voiced a radio commercial for the charity which aired on BBC Radio 4.
Staff at Sense were thrilled when the award winning actor took time from his busy schedule in June 2007 to host the Annual Sense Awards. The awards honour excellence in both deafblind people and those who work alongside them.
Glamour girl and pop star Samantha Fox lent her support to Sense by opening the Celebrities Strip It Off charity shop. The shop auctioned off many items of clothes belonging to celebrity A-listers and Sam very kindly donated her favourite bra to raise hundreds of pounds for Sense.
Sense was honoured when the BBC's top political presenter, Andrew Marr helped to launch a vital fundraising appeal which enables deafblind children to enjoy essential, fully supported holidays. It also gives their parents much needed respite.
The host of Sunday AM has personal experience with deafblindness - his father-in-law, Lord Ashley who is deaf, was instrumental in getting the Deafblind Bill passed through Parliament.
Dedicated Dickens aficionado Miriam Margolyes was the host at the first ever Sense Creative Writing Awards. The festive event was held at the Dickens Museum in London in December 2006. Miriam read aloud from a number of works written by talented deafblind people.
BBC business journalist Paddy O'Connell was the VIP Quizmaster at the Sense Corporate Development Board Quiz in July 2007. The host of Radio 4’s Broadcasting House and presenter of Working Lunch, raised thousands of pounds for Sense when eager business people bid to have him sit at their table.
Claire Rayner has a very personal reason for supporting Sense's Older Person campaign. Claire wears hearing aids in both ears and also has a condition called Age Related Dry Macular Degeneration - a sight loss common in older people. Claire helped Sense to promote The Good Life booklet which is full of useful tips on how to cope with sight and hearing loss in older age.
Claire says, "As we all live longer, more and more of us will lose sight and hearing, some lose both - we need our GPs to be mindful of signs of combined sensory loss so that older people have support and don’t become isolated."
Jay Rayner, author and journalist is the son of Claire Rayner who is also on this list of our celebrity supporters. He is supporting the campaign for older people with sensory loss as he wants people to be aware that their older relatives may be affected by sight and hearing loss.
Special mention: Hasn't given direct public support to Sense, but has bought from a Sense Shop.
Having worked for Sense, I'm aware that the charity has a relationship with a number of high profile celebrity supporters. These famous faces are invaluable for spreading the message of how Sense campaigns on behalf of and works alongside deafblind people and their families. Celebrities help Sense spread the message - that every deafblind person is entitled to lead as full and active a life as possible.
Celebrities are listed here in rank order by votes!
For more information about the charity please visit www.sense.org.uk