Aardman Executive Producer Launched as new patron
Published on 08 February 2018 05:30 PM
Last week we introduced a new patron – Heather Wright, Aardman Executive Producer and Head of Partner Content. She was introduced to staff members, volunteers, service users and other guests at a launch party at Aardman Studios on Gas Ferry Road in Bristol.
Heather runs the Partner Content division at Aardman which creates story and character led animated and interactive content for third parties. This includes creating brand new characters and working with Aardman’s own characters, such as Wallace & Gromit or Shaun the Sheep.
Heather says: “I’m delighted to be taking up the role of Patron at Age UK Bristol. Issues around older age are especially important to me. Like many people, I became more aware as my grandparents aged.
“Working to improve the lives of older people, especially around loneliness and isolation is something I want to get behind. The fact that this work is not trendy makes communication around the issues, which affect older people, even more important.
“I’m looking forward to using my voice to help Age UK Bristol influence policy in a way that is positive for older people and raise the profile of some important issues facing older people in Bristol.”
Invitees to the launch had the opportunity to meet with and hear from Heather, before sitting down to a private screening of the Old People’s Home for Four Year Olds: Christmas. Some of our lovely volunteers and service users appeared in the heart-warming festive special.
Age UK Bristol Chief Executive Mark Baker says: “Heather was the perfect choice of patron for us; she’s passionate about the issues that we champion and is an expert in communication. Her association with the world-famous Aardman Animation gives us confidence that she can help us to reach a wider audience than ever before.
“Already at Age UK Bristol we’re running a huge range of services which help older people with issues as diverse as claiming the benefits they are owed and looking after their feet.
“This year we want to build awareness of the issues older people face, from long waits in A&E to diminishing support from health and social care. We want to work closely with Bristol City Council, NHS and other charities in Bristol to deliver the support and encouragement that older people need and deserve.
“That’s all in addition to our day to day work supporting Bristol’s older people – I know Heather is up for a challenge!”
Age UK Bristol needs everyone’s support. If you are interested in getting involved as a volunteer or funder / fundraiser or just want to find out more about the work of Age UK Bristol, visit www.ageukbristol.org.uk