WO1 Kim Hughes, GCRead Profile →
Warrant Officer Class 1 Hughes GC, who is currently serving with 29 EOD & Search Group as the Group Senior Ammunition Technician was awarded the George Cross in 2010 in recognition of his bravery whilst on tour in Afghanistan.
During his deployment he personally disarmed 120 Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) and put his own life at risk by foregoing protective clothing and manually defusing bombs to save the lives of his comrades.
His gallantry citation for the George Cross was described by the Ministry of Defence as, "the single most outstanding act of explosive ordnance disposal ever recorded in Afghanistan.” Since he was awarded the George Cross in 2010, Hughes has returned to Afghanistan twice.
"When I was asked to become a Patron of Tickets For Troops I didn’t have to think twice. This is a charity who look after the service men and women who continue to put their lives on the line, are drawn onto duty at a moment’s notice and who spend long hard weeks and months away from their families and friends.
“Having served for 18 years in the Army and spent many months moving around the UK and away on tour, I along with many members of the Armed Forces are grateful for the kind generosity of the donors across the UK, giving us the opportunity to attend events free of charge. Therefore I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those involved for supporting the Armed Forces.”
Samantha CameronRead Profile →
Samantha is wife of the former Prime Minister, David Cameron.
"Tickets For Troops has been a massive success in terms of recognising the work and courage of our troops but it has also rewarded those families whose support and love is crucial in the frontline. I am delighted and privileged to support such an excellent cause."
Gary LinekerRead Profile →
Lineker is a retired English International Football Striker, and is now a sports broadcaster for the BBC and Eredivisie live. He remains England's top World Cup scorer with 10 goals. He began his career at Leicester City and became known as a prolific goal scorer. He made his England debut in 1984 and over the following 8 years he scored a remarkable 48 goals- England's all time second highest goal scorer ever.
"This is a terrific idea and it's important that we show respect for what the soldiers are doing out there and the sacrifice they have made"
James BluntRead Profile →
The English Singer/Songwriter released his debut album in 2005. His repertoire is a mix of pop and rock. Blunt won two BRIT awards and two Ivor Novello awards for his album Back To Bedlam, as well as being nominated for 5 Grammies in 2006. His second album was released in 2007, called All The Lost Souls. He was also an Officer in the Life Guards and served under NATO in Kosovo in 1999. Subsequently he has supported Medecins Sans Frontieres amongst other charities.
Bruce BuckRead Profile →
Buck is a founding partner of the London office of US law firm, Scadden, Arps, as well as being Chairman of Chelsea Football Club. He has been practising law in Europe since 1983, and assissted Roman Abramovich in his acquisition of the club in 2003. Since 1988 Buck has converted the Mergers and Acquisitions firm into one of the leading European players.
'Tickets for Troops is a politically neutral and independent organisation, it is purely in the interests of supporting our Armed Forces, which we are always more than happy to do."
Freddie Flintoff MBERead Profile →
Freddie Flintoff is a cricketer for England. Since his debut in 1998, Flintoff has become an integral player and has both captained and vice-captained the team. Flintoff, according to the ICC rankings, was consistently rated amongst the top international allrounders in both ODI and Test cricket. Flintoff holds the record for the most sixes scored for England, beating Ian Botham's record of 67.
"I know exactly what the troops are going through from my recent experiences of travelling to Afghanistan to meet them. I was extremely moved by the whole experience and met some incredible people while I was out there. The Tickets for Troops scheme will hopefully help them and make them realize how grateful we are for their efforts."
Stephen HayesRead Profile →
One of the country's leading entrepreneurs, Stephen started finance broker Loans.co.uk in 1997 and sold it to MBNA in 2005. During those 8 years, he grew annual turnover to £100m, with £25m annual profits. At the point of sale, Loans.co.uk employed over 400 people across 3 sites. Under his leadership, Loans.co.uk were awarded numerous accolades, including coming 5th in the prestigious "Sunday Times Best Companies to Work For" Awards.
His leadership was also separately acknowledged in the Awards. Whilst at Loans.co.uk he was Chairman of Lawrence Dallaglio's benefit year, and the driving force in the Committee achieving their target of raising £1m for charity. An amazing sum, and one unprecedented in this arena by some considerable margin. On leaving Loans.co.uk, Stephen bought a substantial shareholding in Wycombe Wanderers and took on the role of Managing Director. A fierce patriot, Stephen was the driving force behind London Wasps inaugural St. Georges Day game.