We are extremely grateful to all our Patrons for supporting the work of The British Citizen Award and The British Citizen Youth Award. Each one shares our passion in recognising those in society who are doing extraordinary things for others, selflessly giving for the benefit of others for little or no reward.

Our Patrons uphold the BCA/BCyA core values – transparency, integrity, determination, achievement – and their input enables us to continue to create momentous occasions and memorable days for those most deserving in our society.

Dame Mary Perkins, DBE Co-Founder of Specsavers

A qualified and registered optometrist for more than 45 years, Mary plays an active role in the Specsavers business in a number of areas including driving customer service standards, championing its values and shaping its corporate responsibility (CR) commitments.

“I have been a proud Patron of The British Citizen Award since its inception. Each time we recognise a new group of medalists,  I am energised by ther enthusiasm and reassured by their humanity”.

Bradley Walsh – Television presenter/Actor

Bradley Walsh presented the Medal Presentation Ceremony and was so moved by the achievemen ts and endeavours of the everyday individuals that he did not hesitate when we invited him to become a Patron

When I was invited to be a patron of The British Citizen Award and heard about the brilliant work they do honouring the nation’s unsung heroes, how could I refuse? Championing the work that these amazing people do for others is a great honour. Just reading about the contribution that many of the recipients have made to our society is truly humbling. I wish them all the very best in their many divergent endeavours – continue to light up the world with your selflessness. 

Michael Underwood – Television Presenter

Michael has a wealth of live television presenting experience and with the rare ability to work across entertainment and factual programming; he is one of the most talented and likeable presenters on our screens today.

“The medal recipients do not do what they do for recognition, many times they do not want the recognition, but in all cases they deserve the recognition. I am proud to stand as a Patron so that I may witness first hand the great things happening in our communities throughout the country”.

Rt. Hon. Lord Dholkia, OBE DL

Lord Dholakia has been an ardent supporter of The British Citizen Award for five years. He has hosted every medal presentation and brings the gravitas of the Palacw eof Westminster to life for all our guests.

“I have been involved with The British Citizen Award since its inception and am proud to be a Patron. The British Citizen Award is about real people, making real change, in the real world. When we meet at the Palace of Westminster, it is my honour to host the ceremony and I do what small part I can to celebrate their special and deserving day”.