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Debbie Fund Ambassadors

Imogen Stubbs
“I first met Debbie when our children were at junior school together. We would meet with other parents in the playground and try to work out which of the adorable little blue-uniformed creatures stumbling about in the playground were ours. There were lots of pleasant polite grown-ups, but from the start it was clear that Debbie wasn't just the loveliest, she was also the funniest, the most fun and the most real in an inexplicable way  She had the gift of instant charisma and, somehow, avoided the usual blah blah chitchat. I remember she was always full of great ideas for travel destinations or galvanising schemes for making the often tedious hours of school runs or homework actually enjoyable. She had passions for so many things it was infectious. I was doing a lot of travel writing and I remember thinking Debbie would be my ideal companion - brave, curious, mischievous, intrepid, interested in others, fascinated by undiscovered roads and a laugh. She always seemed radiant and shone however much life was breathing its grey breath over things. Yes, she was a shimmering person, and generous with herself.
 Many people turn off the lights in middle age and keep their dying embers flickering with “if only”s and “I remember”s and “ah! If I could live my life again, I would have ...”. Not Debbie. She seemed to go through life like a lamp-lighter casting her beneficent light on all those lucky enough to be caught in its warm glow, seizing the days even as they were cruelly being snatched from her.
I really, really liked Debbie.  I wish I had known her better. I shan’t forget her. But her children are beyond belief delightful, so the wonderful truth is - she lives on...”   

Faryl Smith
One minute, Faryl Smith was an ordinary schoolgirl with a talent, the next she was being told in front of a national television audience, “You are literally one in a million”. This is how 12-year-old singing sensation Faryl Smith sang her way to the final of ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent and into Britain’s front rooms. It was an endorsement worth its weight in platinum with Faryl having now signed the largest record deal ever awarded to a schoolgirl.

2008 was most certainly a year to remember for Faryl, but 2009 saw the young girl from Kettering breaking records with the release of her debut album, performing to crowds of over 80,000 and now signing a second multi-million pound deal with Decca US, taking her incredible talent stateside.
Reaching the top 5 in the commercial album chart, Faryl became the fastest-selling classical debut album in chart history, surpassing the debut releases of classical music’s finest including Luciano Pavarotti, Andrea Bocelli, and also that of the ladies of classical including Charlotte Church, Hayley Westenra, and Katherine Jenkins. Young Faryl has also become the only classical star to go gold with their debut album within the first week of release.

To add to her achievements in 2009, Faryl was award the Classical Performer of the Year award by both The Variety Club and Nordoff Robbins! 2010 has already seen Faryl nominated for her first Classical Brit award in both Best Album and Young Performer. She also went on to perform that same week for the second year running at the FA Cup Final to sing the ‘National Anthem’ and ‘Abide With Me’ in front of an estimated 450 million viewers.

In Summer of 2010 Faryl was approached to be an Ambassador for ‘Debbie Fund’ which has been set up to fund research into cervical cancer and help develop more treatments and medical understanding. Debbie Phillips’ daughter Sarah sang Paulo Nutini’s song ‘Autumn’ which became a You Tube sensation drawing in over 300,000 hits which helped massively to draw attention to the charity. When Faryl saw the video she knew straight away it was something she wanted to be a part of and Sarah and Faryl will even be performing a duet together to help raise money for  ‘Debbie Fund’.   

It’s an honour to have been asked to be to be a part of  Debbie Fund. It’s a really worthwhile charity that is hopefully going to be able to develop new treatments for cervical cancer. I am looking forward to working with them to be able to help raise awareness and money to help young women like me to have a future where there are more options available to them.”

Laila Rouass
Laila is best known for playing the roles of Bollywood actress Amber Gates Footballers Wives and Egyptologist Sarah Page in Primeval and for participating in Strictly Come Dancing. She is presently appearing in Holby City. Laila has appeared in some controversial films, including “Bawandar” about revenge rapes in Rajasthan. She has a 3 year old daughter, Inez. Women’s health and issues are very important to Laila. On becoming a Debbie Fund Ambassador Laila said:
“I was a guest at the Daily Mail Inspirational Women of the Year Awards at which the Autumn video was played and Sarah sang “Blue Chair” and “Say It’s Possible”. I am a mother too and cannot imagine what it would feel like knowing that my daughter wouldn’t have me around as she grows up. I find that heartbreaking. I really believe that cures for the various cancers will be found one day and I think it's steps like the one that Debbie Fund is taking that make the big changes. I want to help in any way I can. When I was invited to become an Ambassador for Debbie Fund I was honoured. I hope that in some small way, I can help Debbie Fund make a real difference.”