Patrons

Professor Nicky Edelstyn 

Nicky is the daughter of the charity’s Founder, Dr George Edelystyn and was appointed a Patron of the charity in October 2018.

She is a Professor of Cognitive Neuropsychology and Rehabilitation at Keele University, Staffordshire, director of the Psychology Research Centre and former honorary secretary of the British Neuropsychological Society.

She gained a PhD in visual neurophysiology from the Department of Communication and Neuroscience, Keele University in 1988, and went onto complete a series of postdoctoral fellowships at Oxford and Birmingham Universities. She returned to Keele University in 1999 as lecturer, promoted to senior lecturer in 2006, and Professor of Cognitive Neuropsychology and Rehabilitation in 2013.
 

Gloria Hunniford

With a career in media spanning more than five decades, Portadown born Gloria is still a regular on our TV screens, both on BBC and ITV. Gloria’s daughter Caron Keating, died of breast cancer in 2004, aged 41. A cancer charity named the Caron Keating Foundation was set up by Gloria in memory of Caron. The foundation makes a considerable difference to many individuals and families affected and dealing with cancer, through assisting cancer charities throughout the UK, including Action Cancer. Gloria's relationship with Action Cancer stems back many years with Gloria being one of the first women to come for a breast screening. In recent years, Gloria has also been the face of our Breast Cancer Awareness Month campaign in October, encouraging women aged 40-49 and 70 plus to book a breast screening appointment with Action Cancer.

Zöe Salmon

Hailing from Bangor, Zöe Salmon is most likely to be known for her role in the BBC programme, Blue Peter, as the daredevil presenter who would be up for anything, as well as winning Miss Northern Ireland in 1999. Zöe studied Law at Queen's University and proceeded to qualify as a solicitor. Zöe then focused time on charitable work. She is an Ambassador for our Health Action programme for schools and has made a plea to parents and children to be safe in the sun during the summer holidays. Zöe has also supported our smoking cessation campaign with Gordons Chemists. She generously allowed her image to be manipulated to show how she might have looked now had she been smoking since the age of 15.

Jimmy Nesbit

Jimmy Nesbitt is an actor, presenter and comedian from Northern Ireland. Born in Ballymena, Jimmy grew up in the nearby village of Broughshane, before moving to Coleraine to pursue a teaching career like his father. After one year of university he decided he wanted a change in direction and chose to leave Northern Ireland to pursue an acting career, enrolling in the Central School of Speech and Drama in London. Jimmy has received multiple awards throughout his esteemed career. He supports Action Cancer through campaigns and public appearances, particularly around men's health.

Dennis Taylor

Dennis Taylor is a local County Tyrone man who claimed his victory at winning the 1985 Snooker World Championships, beating World Number one Steve Davis. He is also the winner of two snooker ranking events, taking first prize in the Masters in 1987 and the Grand Prix in 1984. Dennis has supported our ‘Get a Grip’ campaign to encourage men to be proactive about self checking and to educate themselves about issues around prostate and testicular cancer.

Nuala McKeever

Nuala McKeever grew up in west Belfast and graduated from Queen's University with a degree in languages. Nuala is best known for her involvement in the Northern Irish comedy group, 'Hole in the Wall Gang', where she played the character of Emer for two series in the TV show, 'Give My Head Peace'. Nuala has since written and produced a number of projects on stage and screen. As well as promoting our Big Bus, Nuala has made various appearances in support of Action Cancer and spoken at staff and volunteer recognition events.