Ambassador Stories

Read the stories below and hear how Patient Research Ambassadors are promoting and raising awareness of health research in their regions. If you have a story to tell please share by emailing

  • Alan Wickes

    Alan Wickes

    13 March 2019

    Alan says that it has been a privilege to be involved in research. It has given him greater insight into his own condition (diabetes) and can be a route to better treatments and services for future generations of patients
  • Julian Marks

    Julian Marks

    11 March 2019

    Julian is a Patient Research Ambassador who has taken part in a number of clinical trials and wants to encourage others to get involved. He has been particularly active in research to do with memory and says research leads to innovations which improve the NHS.
  • Michael Howard

    Michael Howard

    04 March 2019

    Michael has been interviewed on the radio and on BBC television as part of his efforts to promote research. He says that anything that makes the management of health conditions and illnesses easier will make things better for everybody else.
  • Nigel Hawkins

    Nigel Hawkins

    20 February 2019

    Nigel is a semi-retired health and safety advisor with a family history of diabetes. He thinks NHS research is important and says that the progress made so far thanks to research has been amazing. Nigel hopes that in years to come we can find a cure, or some way to reduce the NHS costs, for diabetes.
  • Bill Robinson

    Bill Robinson

    30 January 2019

    Bill is a retired British Telecom manager. As part of his Patient Research Ambassador role he has participated in promotional events and has helped to recruit volunteers for a vascular study too. His views are valued and appreciated by “some very clever people”!
  • Elaine Robinson

    Elaine Robinson

    30 January 2019

    Elaine is a retired nurse and qualified midwife. She thinks getting involved in research is a worthwhile experience and says that in her lifetime so many changes have taken place with the help of research and development that would not otherwise have been possible.
  • Phillip Wingfield

    Phillip Wingfield

    28 January 2019

    Phillip has taken early retirement after being diagnosed with cancer. He feels that each of us has benefitted from medical research, although we may not realise it, and he is currently taking part in an immunotherapy trial.
  • Irene Soulsby

    Irene Soulsby

    15 January 2019

    Irene survived breast cancer in 2003 and is proud to have been a healthy research participant since then. She believes that research is vital and thinks that research can only move forward with real people’s contributions.
  • Donna Middleton

    Donna Middleton

    07 January 2019

    Donna is a Patient Research Ambassador from South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust who believes that research is key to the future of NHS, to improve treatments and services.
  • Pat Wolstenholme

    Pat Wolstenholme

    19 December 2018

    Pat is involved in two aspects of research: as a healthy volunteer for a study aiming to understand what happens to our brains as we age; and as a patient supporting new treatment options for her autoimmune condition.