Our President: Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall

Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall was made President of the National Osteoporosis Society in October 2001 in recognition of her tireless work for osteoporosis and her support of the charity.

The Duchess of Cornwall first became a supporter of the charity in 1994 when her mother died as a result of osteoporosis and in 1997 became a patron. During the last few years, The Duchess has raised major sums of money for education and research and has raised the profile of osteoporosis dramatically.

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"My family knew nothing about osteoporosis. The local GP was kind and sympathetic but he, like us, was able to do little to alleviate the terrible pain that my mother suffered so stoically.

"We watched in horror as she quite literally shrank before our eyes. She lost about eight inches in height and became so bent that she was unable to digest her food properly, leaving her with no appetite at all. In her latter years, she could not breathe without oxygen or even totter round her beloved garden on her Zimmer frame.

"I believe the quality of her life became so dismal and her suffering so unbearable that she just gave up the fight and lost the will to live. As a result of my mother's death, I became determined to find some way of helping people with osteoporosis from experiencing the same fate and general disregard that she encountered.

 

"I was lucky enough to discover, on my doorstep, the National Osteoporosis Society, a relatively new and small charity, piloted by the indomitable Linda Edwards."

Her poignant words did much to generate a significant amount of press interest in osteoporosis that year and those in attendance at this event used the occasion to urge policy makers across the globe to make the disease a priority for national health care agendas.

During her time as President, The Duchess has visited numerous hospital units across the UK, opening new facilities and meeting the people affected by the disease.

 

The Duchess of Cornwall Award

The Duchess of Cornwall Award recognises an individual for their outstanding contribution to the field of Osteoporosis.

This is a prestigious award and can be bestowed upon professionals and volunteers or any other individual who meets the criteria.

The award can be given to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution, which can be defined under one or more of the following:

  • Clinical achievement and advancements
  • Research
  • Management and Leadership (progressed the NOS and the Osteoporosis agenda either nationally or internationally)
  • Voluntary achievements
  • Contribution to the overall NOS aims

The Duchess of Cornwall Award recognises an individual for their outstanding contribution to the field of Osteoporosis.

This is a prestigious award and can be bestowed upon professionals and volunteers or any other individual who meets the criteria.

The award can be given to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution, which can be defined under one or more of the following:

  • Clinical achievement and advancements
  • Research
  • Management and Leadership (progressed the NOS and the Osteoporosis agenda either nationally or internationally)
  • Voluntary achievements
  • Contribution to the overall NOS aims

For further information about this award please contact Claire Severgnini, Chief Executive of the National Osteoporosis Society. 01761 471 771

Previous winners:

Professor David Marsh, Emeritus Professor of Clinical Orthopaedics at University College London

The 2016 Duchess of Cornwall award was given to Professor David Marsh, Emeritus Professor of Clinical Orthopaedics at University College London at a ceremony at Clarence House in July 2016.

David has been instrumental in enabling the National Osteoporosis Society to have a strong foundation on which to develop and progress our Fracture Liaison Service work programme. He has also been instrumental in influencing the clinical community to develop national standards for the management of and care pathways for hip fracture, and then going on to develop a national database to collate the hip fracture evidence that is so pivotal to our work to enable the on-going development of Fracture Liaison Services.

Professor Cyrus Cooper OBE, MA, DM, FRCP, FFPH, FMedSci

Susan Hampshire, Lady Kulukundis, OBE

Our Ambassadors

The National Osteoporosis Society is lucky to be supported by 17 Ambassadors who help the charity to raise the profile of osteoporosis.

Sean Bean
Actor Sean Bean
British actor known for his roles in the TV series Game of Thrones and Sharpe as well as Hollywood films such as The Lord of the Rings, The Patriot and Goldeneye, in which he played 006.

Dr Miriam Stoppard
Dr Miriam Stoppard
Medical doctor who champions women's health issues as well as writing advice columns for the national press.

Deborah Bull
Deborah Bull CBE
British ballet dancer, spending 20 years with The Royal Ballet. She has also presented a number of BBC TV programmes, including The Dancer's Body.

Wendy Craig
Wendy Craig
British actress who has starred in numerous popular TV series, including Butterflies, Nanny and more recently The Royal.

Peter Cruddas
Peter Cruddas
Peter is the founder and Chairman of CMC Markets with headquarter offices in the City as well as operations in 24 other countries. The Peter Cruddas Foundation is a major benefactor to a range of charities including the National Osteoporosis Society.

Trudie Goodwin
Trudie Goodwin
British actress who has starred in popular TV cop series The Bill.

Susan Hampshire OBE
Susan Hampshire OBE
British actress of stage and screen, she has starred in series such as The Forsythe Saga and Monarch of the Glen.

Nerys Hughes
Nerys Hughes
Welsh actress who has starred in many TV programmes, including the popular Liver Birds and The District Nurse.

Felicity Ann Kendal, CBE
Felicity Ann Kendal
An English actress, working in television and theatre. She has appeared in numerous stage and screen roles over a 45-year career

Ross Kemp
Ross Kemp
British actor who is well-known for his role in popular BBC soap EastEnders as well as other TV work such as Ultimate Force and Extras.

Maggie Philbin
Maggie Philbin
TV and radio presenter who fronted popular science programme Tomorrow's World.

Craig Revel Horwood
Craig Revel Horwood
Craig has been working with the charity for several years. He co-created our bone healthy dance 'Boogie for Your Bones' and was Mr September in our Really Naked Calendar. He led the charity on the Bone Factor Tour, when we visited schools to improve understanding of the need for building strong bones from a young age.

Lizzie Webb
Lizzie Webb
Fitness expert who is well-known to breakfast TV audiences for her energetic routines which got Britain on the move before going to work.

Dame Barbara Windsor
Barbara Windsor MBE
Much loved British actress whose career has spanned many years. Well-known for the series of Carry On films, the BBC soap EastEnders. She led the runners through their warm-up before our 10K Orange Appeal race through Hyde Park.

Miriam Margolyes, OBE
Miriam Margolyes
Miriam hopes that by her talking about her journey with the condition she can become a ‘cheering influence’ to others in a similar situation. She admits that the diagnosis was rather tiresome and she didn’t take it too seriously, even refusing to take her initial medication. Following a stern talking to by her doctor she is now on a weekly prescription to keep her bones as strong as possible - good news for her legions of fans across the world.

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Lynn Faulds Wood
Lynn Faulds Wood
Campaigning journalist who has written on health and consumer issues for national UK press as well as presenting numerous TV programmes.

Diana Moran
Lynn Faulds Wood
Diana Moran is TV’s original fitness guru as The Green Goddess with the BBC and is an all-round television and radio personality with a career that has embraced success in many areas. She was the first person to launch Breakfast Television in the UK and her successful career as a fitness guru has spanned four decades.

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Cath Kidston, MBE
Cath Kidston, MBE
Cath founded Cath Kidston Ltd in 1993, building from a small home store in London’s Notting Hill, developing it into the influential and highly recognised global brand it is today. There are more than 60 stores across the UK and over 200 stores across Asia, Europe and the Middle East as well as a global online business.