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Channel Islands' diversity charity appoints first patron

Rebecca Root, first patron of Liberate Photo: Kendall Messick (2015)

Liberate Jersey has announced that Rebecca Root, the star of the BBC2 sitcom “Boy Meets Girl”, has agreed to become its first patron.

Rebecca Root first worked with the equality and diversity charity during the Channel Islands Pride week in 2016.

The actor hosted the inaugural Channel Islands Equality and Diversity Awards last year, celebrating organisations and individuals working to support equality, diversity and inclusion in the islands.

Rebecca said: "I am very happy to be able to support Liberate’s mission by becoming their first patron".

The work that Liberate does to educate and inform about the importance of accepting one another for who we are, whatever our identity, could not be more relevant for the times we live in. We can only perform at our best at school or college, at work or play, if we feel comfortable being ourselves and accepted as such. I am very happy to be able to support Liberate’s mission by becoming their first patron.

– Rebecca Root, Liberate's first patron

Rebecca is best known for her groundbreaking role in the BBC2 sitcom “Boy Meets Girl”.

The series was a result of a competition to find the best script that promoted a positive portrayal of transgender characters.

The project was a collaboration between the BBC and Trans Comedy to look at ways to change the representation and portrayal of trans people in the media.

Vic Tanner Davy, CEO of Liberate Jersey, said: “We are hugely honoured that Rebecca has agreed to become Liberate Jersey’s first patron".

Patrons are very important to charities as they lend their name and their support in order to raise the profile of the charity. For a small charity like Liberate to enjoy the patronage of someone like Rebecca is a great boost for us. Rebecca’s own work to progress equality for transgender people makes her a perfect fit for Liberate and we are looking forward to working with her.

– Vic Tanner Davy, CEO of Liberate Jersey