David is the patron of a number charities you can find out more about the work they do below:
The Association for International Cancer Research
David got involved with The Association For International Cancer Research as he was filming the third
annual Doctor Who Christmas special. He made the commitment after he heard of the ground-breaking work the charity funds around
David says: “I know only too well that cancer strikes without regard to age or race, country or creed,
fame or fortune. I believe AICR’s approach to funding research, wherever in the world it is taking place, is at the
forefront of the battle to bring cancer under control and I am proud to have been asked to become a patron.”
Chief Executive, Norman Barrett is delighted that David accepted the invitation to help raise
awareness of the charity and its research. “Cancer claims the lives of hundreds of thousands of people across the globe
every year. Yet work undertaken by AICR and others is making a difference in identifying the causes and the new treatments
that will make a difference. As The Doctor, David is expert at fighting threats to mankind: we hope his support will help
us in the biggest medical fight we face – the fight against cancer.”
- You can find out more about the work that AICR do and make a donation via their website here.
David was first introduced to everyone at Headway Essex whilst researching his role in the BBC drama Recovery.
Joanna Wright the director of Headway Essex says:
"David spent time at our Day Centre researching the leading role in the BBC drama "Recovery". We were thrilled
when he agreed to be patron of Headway Essex, and we are doubly thrilled that he has undergone writer’s cramp to personally
sign greeting cards which we can sell to raise much needed funds to help us provide care and support for people with brain
injury and those who care for them."
"I am absolutely delighted to be able to help Headway raise the profile of brain injury. While
researching my role in Recovery, I spent time at Headway Essex where I observed some of the group sessions as well as chatting
to some of the members. It was a truly humbling experience. There was so much hope, humour and positivity, mixed with occasional
anger and sadness.
"It was a very powerful experience, seeing first-hand the effects brain injuries can have on people.
It made me realise just how lucky I am and brings fresh meaning to the phrase 'there but for the grace of God go I'. Headway
is a wonderful organisation and one I am only too happy to help."
You can find out more about Headway Essex and the work that they do here.
Buy a signed card from David and help support the charity here.
Circle is a Scottish charity which provides holistic, community based support to marginalised children
and families. They are highly regarded for pioneering a range of early years and family support services that promote
children's healthy development and potential.
David says: "I was blessed with a safe and happy childhood. It is unacceptable to me that any child
in Scotland should grow up in poverty or neglect. I am delighted and honoured to be supporting Circle in Scotland as they
spread their invaluable work across the country."
You can find out more about the work that Circle do here.