Our Newest Patrons
mothers2mothers (m2m) is delighted to have two amazing women join our team as m2m Patrons—acclaimed British actress Samantha Bond and UK television and radio personality Rochelle Humes. They join Annie Lennox and Salma Hayek Pinault in holding this role.
Samantha Bond is an English screen and stage actress, best known for her role as Miss Moneypenny in the James Bond films during the Pierce Brosnan years. She was first introduced to m2m in 2015 through her attendance at a biennial fundraising dinner with fellow Downton Abbey cast members and has since continued to consistently advocate for our work to end paediatric AIDS and create healthy families and communities.
Speaking about her new role, Samantha said: “I am honoured to be a Patron for mothers2mothers and to join the 1,600 Mentor Mothers who are committed to creating a generation free from HIV. I have had the opportunity to spend time with several Mentor Mothers since supporting m2m, and have continuously been astounded by their strength and resilience. It is clear that they are a force to be reckoned with and are advocates for change not just within their own communities, but beyond.”
Rochelle Humes is a TV personality in the UK, who is best known for being part of one of the UK’s top girl bands, The Saturdays. She has supported m2m ever since her visit to m2m’s programme in Kisumu, Kenya in 2016 during a trip with Sport Relief, a biennial British charity event from Comic Relief. There she met m2m Mentor Mother Dorcus and other mothers living with HIV.
“I am so honoured to join m2m as a Patron, having seen their invaluable work first-hand in Kenya in 2016,” Rochelle said of her Kenya trip. “HIV-positive mothers told me about the anxious wait of finding out if their child was HIV-free but also about the hope and support they were given by m2m. Mentor Mothers, like the lovely Dorcus whom I met, have walked in their shoes and stand shoulder to shoulder with them by sharing knowledge and experience. As a mum of two little girls, my priority is that they grow into healthy teenagers. I’m excited to represent these inspiring women who help other mothers make this hope a reality.”
Read more about Samantha and Rochelle on our Patrons page.