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Welcome to our newest patron; Anita Dobson

The team couldn't be more thrilled to announce that Anita Dobson – renowned singer, stage, film, and television actress – has graciously accepted the position as patron. Anita returned as a judge for the Sussex Superstars event at the Winter Ball earlier this year, marking her second consecutive year in the role.

From left to right: Sussex Superstar judging panel 2023, Jacquie Brunjes, Anita Dobson, Dame Arlene Phillips

Upon accepting the role Anita responded: “I’ve discovered kindred spirits amongst a small but mighty team of individuals who really value supporting and contributing to the community – I look forward to helping people and raising money for Focus Foundation so they can do good in the community for children, because we all need a little help at times don’t we.”


Anita gained fame for her portrayal of Angie Watts in the 1980s on BBC1's soap opera EastEnders. Beyond her acting career, she is widely recognised for her own philanthropic efforts, particularly her dedication to children's charities and causes.


Anita brings a wealth of experience having worked closely with charities including The Matchgirls Memorial, REACT and Phab Kids.


We are truly honoured to have Anita on board and cannot wait to work together to strengthen the Foundation's work in 2024 and beyond.

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