Paul O'Grady - Our New Patron!

Sue with our patron Paul O'Grady


30th October 2015


Paul O’Grady, well known-presenter and comedian, was announced by Orangutan Appeal UK as their new patron last night at a prestigious reception at the House of Commons. The event was hosted by Bill Wiggin MP on behalf of the charity. The evening raised awareness of the threats to the endangered orangutan and the impact of deforestation on climate change.  Bill Oddie OBE and Ian Redmond OBE (GRASP) were among the many important guests and leading conservationist Stanley Johnson was a guest speaker.


Paul O’Grady first became involved with Orangutan Appeal UK after visiting the renowned Sepilok Rehabilitation Centre in north Borneo with its founder Sue Sheward MBE.  The centre was set up by Sabah Wildlife Department to rescue, rehabilitate and care for orphaned and injured orangutans and has been working closely with the charity for the last 15 years.


Speaking about his new role as patron, Paul O’Grady said “I am delighted to be a  patron of Orangutan Appeal UK to help raise awareness of the plight of this  beautiful endangered ape and promote the work the charity are doing to conserve them. Seeing their work first-hand and meeting the baby orangutans was heart-wrenching, I immediately fell in love with baby Archie which has inspired me to get involved."  


Sue started the charity in 2000 after volunteering at the centre and has since dedicated her life to helping these endangered apes. Orangutan Appeal UK is the chosen charity authorised to work in conjunction with the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre and Sabah Wildlife Department. The work of Orangutan Appeal UK relies on donations from the public, further information can be found at


Photographs courtesy of Mario Magé and Cede Prudente