Ian Reed-Downs is Bristol’s “Premier Celebrity” although for legal reasons we should point out that this is a self proclaimed title! Downsy as he is known on the air has worked on commercial radio in Bristol since 2004, currently for SAM fm (previously known as JACK fm), but after 17 years of 4am starts, decided to retire from breakfast radio and take a behind the scenes role looking after programme content for Celador Radio, parent company of Sam FM and The Breeze. However, he still heads up the World of Sport show every Saturday Morning on SAM fm and does various shows on The Breeze all over the South West to “keep his hand in” he says!
A big sports fan, Downsy is also the Match Day Stadium Announcer for Bristol City Football Club, he’s an intrepid reporter for Bristol Rugby TV and the host of their official podcast, as well has being the voice of the Bristol Flyers Basketball Team and Bristol Jet’s Badminton Franchise. He lives in Portishead with his partner and Cassie his faithful Collie/Lab companion and the only girl that will go anywhere near him.
“I first got involved with It’s in the Bag through the legendary Wrecking Ball at The Tunnels. The event really suited the radio brand and the charity really appealed to the profile of our listeners. Once I’d seen the work that the charity does and the difference it makes I knew I had to stay involved. That, and of course they have some fantastic merchandise and anyone that knows me, knows I love the stash!”
You can hear Downsy on Sam’s World of Sport on Saturday Mornings 8-12pm on Sam FM (106.5 FM) or find out more about the life and times of a local Z list celebrity here
Ali Vowles has been broadcasting for the BBC in the west for over 25 years and is a familiar voice and face on your radio and TV. Over the years she has covered everything from murders and scandals to skating ducks and all those magic moments! She has lived in Bath for almost 30 years and hails from Gloucestershire, where she grew up on a farm.
Ali says “I am delighted to be IITB’s first lady patron – what an honour! Over the years I have interviewed so many men who said they were in denial about their health and wouldn’t talk about it – until they finally got ill and it was almost too late. Without exception, it’s always the women in their lives who have made them realise that they can’t put their head in the sands – especially when it comes to something like testicular cancer. So for the record, I am very happy to be the charity’s official nag on the subject!
Paul Oz’s ‘explosive’ portraits are every bit as exciting as the high-profile clients he’s worked for.
Imagine ‘performance-painting’ live on a yacht for the Monaco Grand Prix, being official licensed artist to Bruce Lee Enterprises and Star Trek, creating artworks for Sir Alex Ferguson, Bradley Wiggins, Pirelli and F1. You couldn’t make it up – but it’s all happening to Paul Oz.
Paul paints on massive canvasses in thick oils, capturing superheroes from the silver screen, rock icons and the high-speed world of Grand Prix. His aim is “to capture characters in a unique way that blows your socks off.”
Paul’s no stranger to charity work, having supported Great Ormond Street and Clic Sargent among others. He has links to the View Gallery in Bristol, and is partly based in Cheltenham – but that’s not the only reason IITB is a cause close to home.
“Upon reading of IITB online, I realised that I was one of the typical men they were talking about. Inexcusable following the shock of the only school friend I still kept in touch with having a close call with testicular cancer a few years ago. I thought it was about time to represent IITB officially.”
Originally from Armidale (Australia), I am an entrepreneur and self-taught digital marketing specialist, renowned for my success in winning BBC’s The Apprentice.
In securing the winners title, I developed one of the UK’s fastest growing digital marketing agencies, Climb Online, in partnership with Lord Sugar.
As a young man myself, I know that testicular cancer does not cross the minds of many men within my age group.
98% of men with testicular cancer survive in the UK, however I firmly believe that continued research and awareness are essential to guaranteeing a cure for every man affected and even identifying a preventative measure in the future.
Whilst the survival rate increases, so does the number of men affected by testicular cancer in the UK – and we still don’t know the cause.
A simple check can significantly increase the chance of survival and I believe it’s key we work together to continue raising awareness, ensuring early signs are identified at the onset
and not when it’s too late.