We’re passionate about promoting better health and wellbeing for men. The Blue Ribbon Foundation has three key objectives:
- To raise awareness of male health issues
- To encourage men to take positive action to safeguard their health and wellbeing, including encouraging men to visit their doctor more often
- To use the Blue Ribbon as a ‘rallying banner’ to help bring about awareness, including encouraging other male health charities to adopt the Ribbon.
In short, we empower men to take responsibility for their health, by providing positivity, passion and a push. We also provide links to quality information and support, and encourage men to look after themselves better.
The Blue Ribbon Foundation has no paid staff at present, so there are limits on our activity. However, we provide talks to men across the country about their health, write widely on men’s health issues for a variety of online and print sources, and provide a signposting service for men and their families, pointing them in the right direction towards advice and support offered by other charities or the NHS. If you would like to arrange a talk for men at your organisation, company or other venue, do please contact us.
It is our belief that by working together with other charities in education and awareness campaigns, many male lives can be saved. Too many men are dying too young, or suffering from avoidable health problems, partly as a result of a lack of awareness of health issues and not seeking help soon enough. We’re here to push positive health and wellbeing for men, as well as encourage them to seek more support from friends, families or doctors.
And remember – whenever you see somebody wearing a blue ribbon, they are aware and have made a contribution towards support men’s health and wellbeing!
Please support our efforts!
Our founding partners
Melvin (Mel) Lacey and Jonathan Prince were founding trustees of the Blue Ribbon
Foundation. After having faced prostate cancer, Mel saw for himself the health issues facing men and begun to wonder if anything was being done to communicate to them that their habits and lifestyles could be a major cause of some of their health issues. After contacting Jonathan, they together founded the Blue Ribbon Foundation charity in March 2011.
Early in 2016, Mel decided to stand down as a trustee and in recognition of his six years developing the charity, he was asked to become a patron of the charity, which Mel accepted. He continues to help and advise men on health and wellbeing issues in his home town of Norwich.
Jonathan Prince continues as a Trustee of the Blue Ribbon Foundation.
Jonathan Prince, Chairman of the Blue Ribbon Foundation announced in early 2016 the appointment of former Charlton Athletic FC Commercial Director, Steve Sutherland as the Charity’s first ambassador.
Steve’s appointment is in recognition of the excellent contribution he has made to the foundation over the past 18 months. In particular, Steve has been responsible for instigating the Blue Ribbon Foundation’s newly established relationships in football. Firstly with the Charlton Athletic Community Trust (CACT), the UK’s largest football related charity which has seen the foundation working closely with CACT’s renowned health programme in the Royal Borough of Greenwich and secondly, this summer’s link with Ebbsfleet United FC which has seen the foundation become the Club’s ‘official health charity’. The Blue Ribbon Foundation, whose logo is now prominent on the ‘away’ shirt of the Ebbsfleet team, will be working closely with the club to play a meaningful role in the health of the local Gravesham community.
Jonathan said; “Mel Lacey, my fellow founding partner and I, greatly value the fantastic support we have received from Steve and in particular his role in helping us build two very exciting relationships in football. These are extremely important to the growth of the foundation as we know how impactful a football club can be at getting men talking and doing something about their health’’.
Jonathan continued, “As our first ambassador Steve will act as an advocate for the work of the Blue Ribbon Foundation and will use his expertise and extensive network of contacts to assist in the continued growth, development and success of the foundation. We are delighted to have him officially “on board” with us.”
Steve said: “I am very proud to have been appointed as the Blue Ribbon Foundation’s first ambassador. I firmly believe that football and sport in general provides a fantastic opportunity for the charity to raise the awareness of men’s health issues. I’m very much looking forward to playing my part in the continuing success of the foundation’’.
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Chloe Smith MP for the Norwich North constituency, has supported the Blue Ribbon Foundation since its inception in Norwich early in 2009 – and well before we became a registered charity.
Chair of Trustees, Jonathan Prince, said, “When the seeds of our charity were sown by my fellow Trustee, Mel Lacey, in 2009, Chloe quickly backed the idea. As we developed, Chloe remained always available to lend her support as and when we needed it. It was a very easy decision for us to make in asking Chloe to become our first Patron and we were thrilled when she agreed.”
And Jonathan was equally quick to point out this was certainly not a political appointment – with blue being the colour of Chloe’s party…
With a smile on his face, Jonathan stressed, “It is important to remember that our ribbons are blue for their male connection and are nothing to do with politics!”