Our celebrity supporters

We’re proud to have the support of a number of celebrities who give their time to help us promote our life-changing work.

Paralympian Kelly Gallagher meets local children in Senegal.

Lorraine Kelly

Journalist and TV presenter Lorraine became an ambassador for Sightsavers in 2011 after taking part in the Comic Relief Red Nose Desert Trek across Kenya. She has since fronted two Radio 4 appeals for Sightsavers, which raised a total of £66,000.

Ben Quilter

World champion judoka Ben has a rare genetic sight condition. He says: “I’ve learned that having a disability in developing countries can lead to poverty and hardship. People should have the same opportunities I’ve had, which is why I support Sightsavers.”

Sunetra Sarker

Actress and Strictly Come Dancing competitor Sunetra has supported Sightsavers for several years, and recently voiced a film showcasing Sightsavers’ work.

Her family is from Kolkata, and she says: “Without the miracles performed by charities like Sightsavers, those in India who lose their sight are also likely to lose their livelihoods, forcing them into greater poverty. To me, being able to give someone their sight back is miraculous.”

Watch our video to hear Sunetra talk about our work.

Haydn Gwynne

Actress Haydn, star of The Windsors and Peak Practice, has visited Sightsavers’ programmes in Sierra Leone. She says: “I’ve seen the huge difference that can be made when children with disabilities are included in schools. It is inspiring and everyone benefits.”

Kelly Gallagher

Paralympic gold medallist Kelly visited a Sightsavers-supported inclusive education project in Senegal in 2015, and has also backed our campaign to ensure people with disabilities aren’t left out in the fight against global poverty.

Joanna Lumley

Joanna contacted Sightsavers in 1997, touched by an appeal she’d seen in a newspaper. She visited Bangladesh in 2005, where she watched as five-year-old Arif saw his mother for the first time after having his cataracts removed. Watch the video to see Joanna meeting Arif again, eight years later.

Joanna also took part in the 2015 BGC Charity Day on behalf of Sightsavers.

Ronni Ancona

In 2011, impressionist Ronni took part in the Comic Relief Red Nose Desert Trek in Kenya, which raised more than £1.3 million for Sightsavers. Ronni said: “I look forward to helping the charity raise awareness of the work I witnessed in Kenya.”

Nina Wadia

EastEnders actress Nina supported our Vision India Appeal after spending an evening at a restaurant where visitors eat in complete darkness. Nina says: “I’m honoured to be an ambassador and spread the word about Sightsavers’ amazing work.”


Photographer and director Rankin captured photos for Sightsavers’ celebrity ‘Specs Appeal’ auction in 2008, and has since been involved in several of Sightsavers’ film and photo projects, including photographing celebrities for our Put Us in the Picture campaign.

James Corden

Actor and TV host James starred in The Feel Bad Four, a short film for Sightsavers shot by Rankin in 2012. James said: “When Rankin asked me to be involved, it took me all of two seconds to say yes! It is such an important charity that means a lot to me.”

Eoin Macken

Irish actor Eoin travelled to Mozambique with Sightsavers in 2014 to make a documentary about our cataract work. He says: “Witnessing the unbridled joy a person feels when they can see again is a humbling experience.”

Dr Dawn Harper

Dr Dawn is resident doctor on ITV’s This Morning, and presents Channel 4’s Embarrassing Bodies. She supported Sightsavers ’ Million Miracles campaign, and hosted a live broadcast in London as grandfather Winesi had sight-restoring cataract surgery in Malawi.

Want to read more about our work?

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