We are extremely grateful to all our Patrons for supporting the work of The British Citizen Award – BCA, and The British Citizen Youth Award – BCyA, both of which come under the umbrella of The People’s Honours. 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 Founder, 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

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. 

Nick Knowles – Television Presenter

“I am proud to be associated with so many people doing such positive things. It is uplifting, moving and emotional to see everyday people getting this recognition of the highest order, when it is furthest from their mind. It is humbling to see some of the sacrifices these people make for the benefit of others. I look forward to playing whatever small part I can in making their recognition even more special”.

The Rt. Hon. the Lord Dholakia, OBE DL

“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”.