Seven Families appoints ambassador
McIntosh’s role will see him provide advice and support to Seven Families, promoting initiatives and campaign messages publically and speaking at future Seven Families events.
He has extensive experience of working with charity campaigns, following a programme of fundraising with Bowel Cancer UK and Prostate Cancer UK. He has suffered in recent years from bowel cancer, a form of skin cancer and prostate cancer.
McIntosh said: “Seven Families is an inspiring campaign and underlines two very important issues. Firstly, that most people are desperately vulnerable financially if they become seriously ill, and secondly, that there is a way back to health and work after a serious illness.
“Some of the people in this project are going through incredible life changes and it is so important to highlight their struggle. I’m honoured to be the first ambassador of the campaign.”
Peter Le Beau, chairman of the Income Protection Task Force, added: “I can’t think of a more worthy or appropriate person to become an ambassador of Seven Families than Patrick.
“He embodies the courage and resilience that is such an important aspect of the campaign, and as a financial adviser he realises the importance of a financial safety net such as income protection.
“We know that Patrick will have a huge impact on the project and are delighted that he agreed to be involved.”
Seven Families, in partnership with Disability Rights UK and the Income Protection Task Force, provides a tax-free income for one year to each of the chosen seven families.
The campaign also provides the families with access to advice from a range of volunteering financial advisers to help with basic finances and budgeting, and they will also have the opportunity to benefit from independent living, rehabilitation and counselling services.
Each family’s story can be seen at www.facebook.com/7Families. Six families have been announced with the seventh due in the coming months.