Sir Tom Finney
Sir Tom Finney was of course Preston’s most famous footballer. He supported SPACE for many years by donating funds, signing autographs and naming us as one of his favourite charities. We are extremely grateful for all his help over the years, and we will soon be welcoming his son Brian into our team of patrons.
Stephen Bayliss is a Preston born Singer/ Entertainer who performs internationally at a variety of Private, Corporate and Celebrity events. Singing songs from every era covering artists from Tony Bennett to Lionel Richie. Stephen is also known as a Songwriter and has a strong following when he performs his original material with a live band in theatres around the Country. Though Stephen has performed at many charity events over the years and still does, he wanted to concentrate and make a commitment to a local charity. After a visit to The SPACE Centre Stephen was moved enough to want to help make a difference and was honoured when he was asked to be a patron.
Jessica Taylor is a singer/ songwriter who grew up in Preston and found success with the pop group Liberty X after auditioning for the ITV show ‘Popstars’ in 2000. The band were signed to Richard Branson’s V2 label, home of the Stereophonics and Tom Jones and their debut album went triple platinum, selling over a million copies worldwide. They went on to win a Brit Award for ‘Best British Single’ and released two further studio albums over the course of a 7 year career as a band. In 2009 Jessica took part in ITV’s ‘Dancing on Ice’ with Torvill and Dean, reaching the final, and subsequently featured in their ’25th Anniversary Bolero Tour’. At the end of 2007 she married the England cricketer Kevin Pietersen and has now taken time out from her career to concentrate on being a full-time mum to their one year old son Dylan Blake. She is honoured to have been asked to be a patron of SPACE and is very keen to support their fantastic work in any way she can.
Gilly joined BBC Radio Lancashire in July 2005. He quickly became one of the most popular presenters on the station and is always willing to try his hand at various jobs. John is married to Margaret and they live on the outskirts of Preston with their 24 year old son Ian. John likes listening to music ‘off air’ and says the blend of music played on BBC Radio Lancashire is just right for his own ear as well as the listeners. In his spare time John likes to walk his dog Christie, a cheeky cross collie. He also lists photography as another interest as well as ten pin bowling, but bravely admits he needs the lane bumpers in place to help him get big scores! He got involved in SPACE when he was at Red Rose Radio when he took part in charity fundraising events in the Preston area then when he came to work at Radio Lancashire and interviewed SPACE Staff about our project to build a new centre, he thought he would like to be involved again. Since then he has attended our annual Fun Day and compered this event for us and supports us by announcing our events on Radio Lancashire, we are very grateful for his enthusiastic support.
Bill was born in Preston 1952 and is married to Hilary with 3 son`s Daniel, Sam and Josh. He is now the Managing Director family Textile Business in Chorley. He is the Vice Chairman of the International Rugby Board and was awarded a CBE June 2008 for services to Rugby. He played for England and has 34 Caps, being the Captain of England and British Lions Rugby and starred in BBC Question of Sport 1982 to 1995. He visited SPACE and was very impressed by what we do and wholeheartedly supports our campaign to build a new centre.