Floella Benjamin becomes Patron
Beating Bowel Cancer has today announced the appointment of Baroness Floella Benjamin OBE, as Patron.
Floella has been involved with charities and campaigning for over 25 years, and in recognition of this, was made a Life Peer in the House of Lords in 2010. Four years ago, her mother passed away from bowel cancer.
Baroness Floella Benjamin said: “I lost my beloved mother, ‘Marmie’, to bowel cancer, so it is an issue very close to my heart. I know first-hand how the condition can affect families, so I’m looking forward to helping raise awareness of the fantastic work of the charity.”
Mark Flannagan, Chief Executive of Beating Bowel Cancer said: “We are thrilled that Baroness Benjamin has accepted our invitation to become patron of Beating Bowel Cancer. Floella has a wealth of experience and for many years has been campaigning for the charity sector. She is held in high esteem by broadcasters and politicians alike, so she’ll be a tremendous asset.”
Baroness Benjamin’s varied career includes acting, presenting, writing and campaigning. Floella’s many lists of achievements include running her own successful film and television production company, writing over 30 books, and being an active advocate for a number of charities. Her broadcasting work has been recognised with a Special Lifetime Achievement BAFTA and an OBE.
Baroness Benjamin joins Lord Crisp KCB, Professor Lord Darzi KBE, Matt Dawson MBE, and Dr Chris Steele MBE, in the role of patron for Beating Bowel Cancer.