Our ambassadors

Sense International is delighted to have the support of several high profile figures who are helping us to highlight our work.

It means so much to us that they give us their time and energy so tirelessly to help us achieve our vision of a world in which children with deafblindness can learn to communicate, receive an education and find employment.

In this section:
Simon Russell Beale
Dr Gus Casely-Hayford
Nicky Clarke
Khadija Mwanamboka
Justin Webb

Simon Russell Beale

Simon Russell Beale standing in front of BBC Broadcasting HouseLegendary stage actor Simon Russell Beale recently recorded an appeal on behalf of Sense International at BBC Broadcasting House.

Simon has been described by The Independent as the "greatest stage actor of his generation", and in January 2014 will star as King Lear at the National Theatre.

The appeal, which highlights the work of Sense International across seven different countries, will be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on Sunday 27 October 2013. It aims to raise awareness and funds for Sense International for our work with people with deafblindness around the world.

Dr Gus Casely-Hayford

Dr Gus Casely-HayfordTelevision presenter, author, curator and African cultural historian Dr Augustus Casely-Hayford has lent his support to Sense International. Gus said:

"I'm delighted to lend my support to Sense International, who work across East Africa and beyond to provide expert support and services, and hope, to deafblind people.

"I have often been frustrated by the single-note media image of Africa, and believe firmly in finding an alternative narrative on this great continent's culture.

"That's why I am so supportive of Sense International's work - they are making a real difference, changing lives and helping people with deafblindness connect, participate and contribute to their communities for the first time. It's a pleasure to lend my support to their work".

Nicky Clarke

Nicky ClarkeNicky Clarke is without a doubt Britain's most famous and trusted hair stylist; regarded by journalists as 'the world's most newsworthy hairdresser'. Greatly respected in his industry, Nicky Clarke has long been heralded as the man who made hair glamorous and exciting again.

Nicky has a strong passion for hairdressing and his unique style that has made him an international icon. As personal stylist to movie stars, pop icons and princesses – Nicky has worked with on an entire generation of the world's most famous faces, fashion shows and other iconic faces.

With a career spanning over 35 years, Nicky is still revered by many as the best in the business. His enthusiasm for his work is stronger than ever and he spends much of his time on the salon floor doing what he loves – cutting and styling and creating beautiful hairstyles. 

Khadija Mwanamboka

Khadija MwanambokaOne of the top trailblazers and trendsetters in the Tanzanian fashion industry, Khadija continues to set the pace in African fashion locally, regionally and internationally. She is a founder and chair of Tanzania Mitindo House, a not-for-profit social initiative to utilise fashion designing in the country for community-based charities which support HIV / AIDS orphans.

Khadija recently visited the children at one of the seven new special education units set up by Sense International (Tanzania). Six of our students have been visiting Khadija for sewing lessons, learning new skills and unleashing their creativity.

Christopher Andendekisye, Sense International's country representative in Tanzania, said:

"We are honoured to be able to name one of Tanzania's best fashion designers as an Ambassador for Sense International and can't wait to work with her again to raise the profile of deafblindness in our country'.

Justin Webb

Justin WebbJustin Webb, former North America editor for BBC News and a current Radio 4 Today programme presenter, has lent his support to Sense International. Justin said:

"Sense International brings hope and humanity to some of the world's poorest and most overlooked people. It is quite simply the best kind of charity: focused on making a real difference and making every penny count towards improving lives. I can't think of a better cause."

 

First published: Monday 9 September 2013
Last updated: Wednesday 11 October 2017