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Four new Ambassadors set to support Willow

February 3, 2016

Willow is delighted to announce its four new Ambassadors: tennis player Katie Swan, legendary footballers Ossie Ardiles and Martin Chivers, and professional ice skater Frankie Seaman. 

One of Willow’s Co-Founders and Life Presidents, Bob Wilson comments: “All four of our new Ambassadors have been involved with Willow for some time, supporting fundraising and meeting some of our Special Day beneficiaries. They are all part of the Willow Family and we are delighted to have them on board with these formal appointments as Willow Ambassadors”. 

Ossie Ardiles is a former football manager and before that an iconic midfielder for both Tottenham Hotspur and his national side of Argentina. He was a star of the side that famously won the FIFA World Cup in 1978. Ossie came to the UK after his World Cup win and after great success as a Spurs player, turned his hand to management of a range of UK clubs. 

Martin Chivers was the star striker for Tottenham Hotspur and England throughout the early 1970’s. An acclaimed goal scorer, Martin was capped 24 times for England, scoring 13 goals for our national side. Later in the 70s, Martin played for Swiss side Servette and then returned to the English league with spells at Norwich City and Brighton. 

Frankie Seaman was one of the professional stars of television’s Dancing on Ice. She is also the wife of another Willow Ambassador, former Arsenal goalkeeper, David Seaman. 

Katie Swan is a young, up-and-coming, singles tennis player who was recently selected to represent Team GB at the Fed Cup in Israel, where she beat South African and Georgian opponents. She is the youngest player ever to be part of the team, at just 16 years old. Katie’s mum, Nicki Swan, is part of the Willow Family as a former Trustee and so Katie has grown up with an appreciation of the beneficial effects of Special Days on seriously ill young adults.

Megs Wilson is Willow’s Co-Founder and Life President. She says: “We have known Katie since she was a little girl and all of us at Willow are immensely proud of what she is currently achieving in the tennis world. At just 16 she is the same age as some of our Special Day Beneficiaries, young adults who are facing a life threatening illness, and we are sure that Katie’s support will help us to provide even more Special Days. We are thrilled that Judy Murray has selected Katie, and just as thrilled that Katie has selected Willow”.