Patrons and Ambassadors
Sonya Cassidy, Actress
Ann co-founded Springboard in 1986 along with another group of mums who all had young children with disabilities. They could not find the support they needed during the early years of their children’s lives and initially opened Springboard for one session per week. Ann stepped down as CEO after 30 years in July 2017, but continues to help the charity in her role as honorary president by giving talks and helping at fundraising events.
Ann won the West Woman of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018 for her work with Springboard.
When Ann stepped down, she said Springboard had shaped services for children with additional needs and disabilities in North Somerset.
Rupert Graves, Actor
Rupert Graves, the well known and versatile actor, who is from Weston super mare, where he attended school and launched his career, has been a Springboard Patron since 2006. He has visited our Clevedon and Weston Centres with his young family and takes a genuine interest in the work of Springboard and the community we support.
Jemma Cooper, BBC Presenter
BBC presenter Jemma Cooper kindly agreed to become a Springboard patron in 2011. Jemma presented the weather for BBC Points West and BBC Radio Bristol for several years. She has also co-organises the Portishead Carnival.