Previous Patrons

Sir Richard Bayliss, K.C.V.O

Sir Richard Bayliss was a consultant physician and endocrinologist and also the physician to the Queen. Although he was a general endocrinologis he took a particula interest in thyroid disease. He was very concerned with patient's welfare and co-authored a book entitled 'Thyroid Disease - the facts' with Dr W Michael Tunbridge. From its beginnings he was very supportive of the BTF and its aims to work on behalf of thyroid sufferers.


Claire Rayner, OBE

patron_ranyerClaire Rayner had been a Patron of BTF since 1994 until her death in October 2010 at the age of 79. She was a well-known journalist, novelist and national broadcaster (radio and TV). As a trained nurse and midwife she was an acknowledged authority on child care, medical and allied subjects, and was author of over 90 books on a broad range of medical subjects as well as popular fiction. Ms Rayner broadcast several of her own radio and TV series as well as contributing to many other programmes. As a journalist she regularly contributed to national newspapers, women’s and general magazines and medical journals. Her other commitments included, among others, associate non-executive director of the Royal London Group of Hospitals and of Northwick Park and St Mark’s Hospital NHS Trust, Royal College of Nursing Committee on Ethics, Royal Commission on the Funding of Care of the Elderly, and Patron and advisor to a larger number of medical and social welfare organisations.

'I[Over] fifty years ago I became ill with acute thyrotoxicosis - Graves’ Disease …..suffice it to say that I eventually was treated successfully with a thyroidectomy which, undoubtedly, saved my twenty-year old life. With that history, how could I not accept an invitation to become a Patron of the British Thyroid Foundation? If they can help other young people – or indeed people of any age! – to cope with this unpleasant condition – and it’s just as unpleasant if you have a shortage of thyroid hormone rather than an excess as I did – then I want to do what little I can to help. I hope other people will see them as well worthy of support as I do'.


Maria Aitken

maria aitkenMaria Aitken became our first Patron in 1992 and remained one until 2013. Maria is a well known actor, director, and author. She is especially known for role in A Fish Called Wanda. Maria now divides her time between London and New York. BTF thanks Maria for her long-term support.




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2 April 2014
BTF Children's Conference

Still a few days to book a place for your family to attend the BTF's first conference for children and their families and carers.




2 April 2014
BTF Christmas cards for sale

We have a selection of BTF Christmas cards which we're selling off at reduced prices.




28 January 2014
Thyroid Cancer Patient Information film

Butterfly Thyroid Cancer Trust have produced a new film for patients who have been newly diagnosed with thyroid cancer




Patient information event to take place for people with Thyroid Eye Disease
The meeting will be held on 16 May 2014 in Newcastle upon Tyne and will be a fantastic opportunity for patients to meet European and UK experts, find out about the latest advances, and get involved in discussions about the priorities of future research into TED.




14 January
Volunteers wanted for patient film project

BTF is looking for people to take part in 3 short films we'll be making about hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism and thyroid cancer.




8 January
Thyroid Eye Disease and Smoking Cessation Leaflet

If you've had Graves' and/or TED then please read a new smoking cessation leaflet and let us have your feedback.




12 December
Thyroid Eye Disease Study Team (WALES)

The NISCHR CRC is looking for two volunteers with experience of thyroid eye disease to take part in a study.




2 December
Response to Petition #PE01463 to Scottish Parliament

The BTF has submitted a response to Petition #PE01463 to the Scottish Parliament about the treatment of thyroid and adrenal disorders.




5 November 2013
Thyroid Eye Disease Research

Congratulations to Matt Edmunds of the University of Birmingham who has been awarded the Fight for Sight/BTF and TEDct Research Award.




23 October 2013
Carbimazole shortage

Mercury Pharma report a shortage in the supply of carbimazole 20mg




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