We are delighted to announce the appointment of our first-ever charity patron — best-selling author, speaker, podcast host and retired breast cancer surgeon Dr Liz O’Riordan.

Dr O'Riordan built a close relationship with the Bone Cancer Research Trust after her mum, Isobel, was diagnosed with metastatic osteosarcoma in July 2022.

Isobel's treatment involved chemotherapy and the amputation of her right arm. Despite this, she remained positive and high-spirited throughout, describing herself as the 'One-Arm Bandit' to her army of Twitter followers.

Isobel was passionate about raising awareness of bone cancer right up to December 2023, when she sadly passed away with her husband and daughter by her side.

From the outset, Liz embodied her mother's indomitable spirit by taking on various fundraising challenges for the charity, including Swim the Distance and Bake for a Breakthrough even whilst Isobel was undergoing treatment. The pair also set-up a Special Fund in Isobel's name to raise funds for research into osteosarcoma.

At our recent Bone Idol Awards ceremony, which Liz hosted for the first time, she paid tribute to the healthcare professionals who provide highly-specialist care to patients like Isobel.

Will Burchell, CEO at the Bone Cancer Research Trust, said:

Liz has been a steadfast supporter of our charity and we are honoured that she has chosen to extend this relationship as our patron. I look forward to working closely with Liz, leveraging her support and influence to further our mission and raise vital funds and awareness in our ongoing fight against this cruel disease.

Dr O'Riordan was diagnosed with breast cancer in July 2015 while working as a consultant breast surgeon at Ipswich Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, and this experience has shaped her ongoing commitment to public advocacy.

She began speaking publicly about her experiences with a TedX talk in Stuttgart, Germany and continues to talk to healthcare professionals and patients with the aim of improving cancer care.

As well as continuing with her career in writing and motivational speaking, Liz's time is also dedicated to supporting charities and organisations which help improve the lives of sarcoma patients.