Beverley is an internationally-renowned soprano opera singer whose performing career has taken her across Europe and the UK. As a leading soprano, she has performed alongside names such as Dame Judy Dench, Jane Eaglen and Sir Nigel Hawthorne and is best known for her performance of Christine Daae in Phantom of the Opera at the Musical Theater, Basel. Born in Kidderminster, Beverley now divides her time between her home in Bewdley, Worcestershire and her family life in Basel with her Swiss husband and her daughter. As an acclaimed soprano in Switzerland, she is high in demand as a concert soloist and recording artist. Beverley also runs an international private vocal coaching studio in Basel and is the Director of English Chamber Opera and Director of Swiss Opera Lab with the Basel Festival Orchestra. On top of all of this, Beverley also works as a communication coach working in the private banking and pharma sector, leading performance-based kinesthetic workshops throughout Europe. As one of our Patrons, Beverley helps to raise awareness of the charity and blood cancers amongst new audiences and has a particular interest in early diagnosis of the disease.
Lady Penny Mountbatten
Penny is the mother of three beautiful daughters and lives in Devon but divides her time between there and working in London. Educated at The Royal School in Bath, she grew up in Wiltshire on a private wildlife park. Her stepfather, Tim Walker, was passionate about the conservation of animals and was Chairman of the World Wide Fund for Nature. He died when Penny was only 20 years old so she put together her first fundraising event in his memory and has been organising charity events ever since. She is Patron of both Leukaemia Care and Devon Air Ambulance and works as a special events co-ordinator for Baby Lifeline and Regain, a charity that supports tetraplegics. Penny feels driven to try to make a difference to the lives of those less fortunate than herself I am on a constant quest to raise awareness of Leukaemia Care and would like to spread the word about blood cancers amongst new audiences. In her day job, Penny’s main role is the representation of a very talented portrait artist, Ralph Heimans, who has painted The Queen and other members of the British Royal Family. Penny and Ralph travel all over the globe for portrait sittings with business leaders, philanthropists and celebrities. She also runs a small business called RSVP, an events management company specialising in unique private parties, art exhibitions and charity events. Penny really enjoys meeting new people, art, reading, exploring the world and is fascinated by history and different cultural backgrounds.
Katie and Chris Seymour
Katie and Chris Seymour are the parents of Hattie Seymour who was diagnosed, aged one, with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL). They live in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex,and have a son, Dexter. Katie and Chris will help to raise awareness of the charity, the importance of early diagnosis and blood cancers amongst children.