Our Patrons

Dame Sarah Storey DBE

Boot Out Breast Cancer is a charity very close to my heart as it is thanks to early diagnosis that my Mum had her breast cancer treated successfully in 2004 and 2005. Every year we all know someone who has their life affected by a breast cancer diagnosis and thankfully the earlier the disease is detected the better. Being able to support a charity that raises funds for this vital diagnostic equipment is very important. Debbie and her team work so hard and it is my privilege to be working with them.

For Boot Out Breast Cancer Sarah throughout 2014 cycled with a team in support of Boot Out Breast Cancer and helping to raise awareness of our mission and fundraising goals. She also unvieled the new DigniCap systeam for the Leighton NHS Hospital in Crewe.

Alan Shearer CBE

“I am delighted to be a patron of Debs’ charity Boot Out Breast Cancer I have a wife and two teenage daughters and realise the importance that the early diagnosis of breast cancer is key. The charity is run entirely by volunteers so I encourage you to dig deep and support this wonderful charity. I would like to wish you all a wonderful evening.”

For Boot Out Breast Cancer Alan has supported fundraising events year after year, helping to raise money for the charity.

Andy Burnham Mayor of Greater Manchester

“I have seen in my own constituency the difference that Boot Out Breast Cancer is making. Women in Wigan and Leigh worried about breast cancer now have access to the most up-to-date equipment thanks to the support that Boot Out Breast Cancer has given to our local NHS. I am proud to give them my support and, with yours, they will be able to help more mums, sisters and daughters fight this terrible disease.”

For Boot Out Breast Cancer Andy unveiled the upgraded equipment for the South Lancashire NHS Breast Screening Service worth £85,000.

Professor Andrew Baildam

It is both an honour and privilege to become a Patron and medical advisor to Boot Out Breast Cancer. Breast cancer is such a common diagnosis and affects not just individuals but so many families, friends and loved ones. We have seen huge advances in understanding, diagnosis and cure rates over the last 10 years but there is still so much to do and learn. I was appointed Professor of Breast and Oncoplastic Surgery at Barts, London in 2011, after consulting at The Christie and South Manchester hospitals for two decades. I trained in surgical oncology and plastic and reconstructive breast surgery at a time when cross-specialty training was radical. My MD thesis research was jointly between the Christie and the Middlesex, London, on the molecular biology of breast cancer.

I have been at the centre of developments in breast cancer surgery and breast reconstruction over the last years and have published a large number of peer reviewed papers, chapters and articles, and lecture internationally. I innovated risk reducing mastectomy and immediate reconstruction for women at high personal risk, such as BRCA 1/2 gene mutation carriers, have trained many oncoplastic surgeons and have extensive experience in breast reconstruction.

My professional life is divided between Manchester and London, with the majority of my time now again in Manchester. I have learnt that the most precious things to celebrate are relationships and life itself. I congratulate Debbie Dowie and the BOBC executive for their fabulous efforts and wish them every continuing success.

Our Ambassadors

Nihal Arthanayake

English radio and TV presenter

It’s an absolute privilege to become an ambassador for Boot Out Breast Cancer and with it comes with a real responsibility to raise awareness of breast cancer for women and men alike. My role will be to highlight the work done, to open doors, and to make a difference. Boot Out Breast Cancer is an incredibly worthy cause and one that I am truly excited to be a part of. Nihal Arthanayake, a.k.a. DJ Nihal, is an English radio and TV presenter who broadcasts on BBC Asian Network and since August 2010 BBC Radio 5 Live.

Steve Watson

Professional Footballer

Steve Watson is a former professional footballer and footballer manager. As a player, he was a right-back or midfielder. He played in the Premier League and Football League for Newcastle United, Aston Villa, Everton, West Bromwich Albion and Sheffield Wednesday. "It is an absolute honour to be part of such an amazing organisation, spearheaded by Debbie Dowie. Every penny raised goes towards providing physical machines and other products that can be used in hospitals to detect early diagnosis of breast cancer in both men & women. Being someone who was cruelly denied of ever meeting my own grandmother who died at the age of 48… and sadly my mother-in-law (Geraldine Barrett) who battled it from the age of 39 up until April this year aged 66, I am committed to using my fundraising experience and contacts to spread awareness and help save more lives. Let's work together to support this fantastic cause!"

Nikki Sanderson

TV Actress

"I am thrilled to be an ambassador for the Boot Out Breast Cancer charity alongside the dedicated and talented committee members. Knowing all money raised will be used to purchase much needed equipment for NHS Hospitals, to fund much needed research, and to provide additional nurses in the community, is the best part of all."

Nikki Sanderson is an actress known for her roles in Hollyoaks, Coronation Street, and Heartbeat.

Paul Vickerstaff

Managing Director

Recruiting within the Estate Agency sector across the U.K

Richard Simon

Male Breast Cancer Survivor

At 29, Richard discovered a nodule on his chest, leading to a swift diagnosis and surgery. His journey was challenging, especially with the harsh treatments available at the time. Despite this, Richard maintained a positive outlook, supported by his fiancée, family, and friends.

Richard’s story underscores the critical need for awareness that breast cancer can affect men too. His advice to others is simple yet powerful: "Get it sorted immediately." His proactive approach to health and wellness is a testament to the importance of early detection.

As our ambassador, Richard will help us spread this crucial message, breaking down misconceptions and advocating for comprehensive support for all affected by breast cancer. Join us in welcoming Richard to the Boot Out Breast Cancer family. His courage and advocacy will undoubtedly inspire many and amplify our mission