National BBC broadcaster announced as Camphill Milton Keynes Patron

    Camphill Milton Keynes is thrilled to announce that Martha Kearney is joining the community as a Patron to support the charity, as their major capital expansion scheme gathers pace.

    Established in 1981, Camphill MK provides support, accommodation, and day workshops for adults with learning disabilities and autism. The charity invited Martha to join them earlier this year as they sought support during their major building period.  

    On being approached by Camphill, Martha was quick to respond, confirming her support for the ambitions to build 60 new accessible bedrooms at the Willen Park and Pennyland sites.

    Martha will be a figurehead for the campaign, helping Camphill MK to raise awareness of their work and meet their fundraising targets.

    Camphill MK’s first-ever patron, Martha Kearney, is a celebrated journalist, broadcaster, and the current presenter of BBC Radio 4's Today programme. Her awards include Political Commentator of the Year (House Magazine), Radio Presenter of the Year (TRIC), and Best Individual Contribution to Radio (Voice of Listener and Viewer).

    Her literary prowess and love of storytelling have seen her on the judging panels of the Man Booker Prize and Orange Prize for Fiction, to name just a few. An avid beekeeper, she has also made has made several BBC programmes on the subject.

    Significantly, Martha’s brother-in-law was a resident at Camphill for c. 30 years, so her connection to the Milton Keynes-based charity is a long-standing and heartfelt one.

    She is often on-site with her husband and continues to welcome residents from the community to her home each year for a summer party. As a Patron, she will advocate for the community, attend fundraising events, help the community to engage on a greater level, and fly the flag for a charity that is so vital to social care in Buckinghamshire and beyond.

    Martha will be supported by Camphill MK CEO Tim Davies and Lucy Davies, Head of Development, with strategy development, advocacy, and partnership in the hope that together, they will secure inward investment for the Capital Plan. 

    Martha Kearney states, "I am thrilled to be supporting Camphill MK as a Patron. The community is dear to my heart, and I look forward to working with the team in any way I can to help them to secure such much-needed funding. Camphill MK is unique in its approach and enables adults with learning disabilities to live full and rich lives." 

    Visit the Camphill website here.

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