Our patrons

12th Duke of Marlborough

C12th Duke of Marlboroughharles James Spencer-Churchill was born on 24th November 1955. Educated at Harrow School and then the Royal Agricultural College, the 12th Duke of Marlborough is passionate about all things related to the great outdoors.

As a World Heritage Site, the preservation and development of the Estate at Blenheim Palace is a key vision and strategy for His Grace. One aspect of this vision is to help support our environment by delivering a number of projects to improve the entire Estates sustainability and maintain our status as a ‘Green’ visitor attraction.

Lord and Lady Saye and Sele

Lord and Lady Saye and SeleWe take great pleasure in welcoming Lord and Lady Saye and Sele of Broughton Castle as patrons of UCARE.

We are proud and excited that Broughton is the inspiration for Emily Sharpe’s show garden design for 2016. Emily’s success in award-winning gardens is indeed excellent publicity for the Charity UCARE, and its symbol Tulipa ‘Caresse’. With all our very best wishes for continuing success.

Gerald Seymour

Gerald SeymourGerald Seymour was educated at Kelly College, Tavistock and UC London (Modern History) was a reporter with ITN for fifteen years, and is now a novelist.

Simon Burnett

Simon BurnettBorn in Oxford and living locally, Simon Burnett is the only man in history to be British Record holder at 50, 100 and 200 metres freestyle Simon Burnett is one of Great Britain's greatest medal prospects. Simon is also Patron of Thame Swimming Club, Oxfordshire.

Simon, who is a double Commonwealth Games gold medallist, was competing in his third Olympics but has called time on his swimming career. Simon still holds the British record for 100m and 200m freestyle.

Of the Olympics, Simon says the experience of swimming in front of his home crowd will live long in his memory.

Simon will settle in the United States but will still be a great ambassador for UCARE. Even in defeat, Simon displayed why he's a champion and great sportsman in the eyes of many in both America and GB - and beyond.