About us Our Patrons Ray Reardon MBE We are delighted to announce that Ray Reardon MBE has agreed to be a Patron for Animals in Distress. Ray is a former miner and policeman, who turned professional snooker player and dominated the sport in the 1970s, winning six World Championships. He is widely regarded as one of the best snooker players of the 20th Century. Ray is now retired and lives in Torquay, where he still plays snooker and is president of Churston Golf Club. Everyone at Animals in Distress is so happy to have such a sporting legend on board. Not only is Ray known as one of the best snooker players of all time, he is an animal lover and plays an active role in the local community. Ray Reardon said: “I was delighted to receive an invitation to become a Patron of Animals in Distress and didn’t hesitate to say yes. They do such a fantastic job for the homeless animals of South Devon and when visiting the centre you get a real sense of the compassion that the staff and volunteers have. “I am really excited to be working with them all and am looking forward to seeing what the future brings.” Nicholas Evans Nicholas Evans is a journalist, screenwriter, television and film producer and novelist. He studied law at Oxford University after serving in Africa with Voluntary Service Overseas. He is author of the international bestseller The Horse Whisperer, which was made into a movie starring, produced and directed by Robert Redford. He lives in Devon with his wife, singer/songwriter Charlotte Gordon Cumming. Nicholas Evans is a wonderful supporter of Animals in Distress, and we were delighted when he agreed to be our Patron. The Rt Hon Ann Widdecombe DSG The Rt Hon Ann Widdecombe DSG is a long-time supporter of Animals in Distress, and has been our Patron since 2009. Ann spent many years serving as an MP, and as a Shadow Cabinet Minister in the 1990s. Ann is one of our most outspoken and celebrated politicians. Ann said "I was honoured to have been asked to become a Patron of Animals in Distress and was delighted to accept. I am a great animal lover and during my time in Parliament have campaigned for improved animal welfare legislation."