We are delighted to announce our new patrons for Dingley’s Promise; Naomi and Christopher Khoo.
Christopher Khoo is a recently retired Plastic Surgeon, having spent his career specialising in hand and breast surgery at Stoke Mandeville Hospital in Aylesbury and Wexham Park Hospital in Slough. Chris has been active in National and International Plastic Surgery: as a former President of the British Association of Plastic Surgeons, Chairman of the Plastic Surgery Board of the Royal Surgical Colleges and the FRCS(Plast) examination and President of the Section of Plastic Surgery of The Royal Society of Medicine, as well as serving on the European and International Plastic Surgery Associations.
He’s now a member of the Livery Committee of the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries of London (which celebrated the 400th Anniversary of the granting of its Royal Charter this December), and organises its International Travelling Club. He supports Queen Anne’s School in Caversham through their Development Board. Chris was also High Sheriff of the Royal County of Berkshire in 2014/5, when his motto for the year was “Healing, Harmony and Hope” and he now continues in civic service as a Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Berkshire.
Naomi Khoo used to teach at schools in Berkhamsted, Oxford and Windsor. She is Chairman of the Windsor and District Guild of the Medical Charity and The Royal Medical Benevolent Fund, (Patron HM the Queen). She is also an Honorary Member of the Windsor Medical Society and organises the Flower Ministry at St. Mary’s Church, Maidenhead, where she and her dedicated team of arrangers can bring her love of flowers to others.
The family is a large part of Naomi and Chris’ lives. All three daughters and a son, are doctors serving in hospital based specialties. Three of their partners are also doctors, and one son-in-law is a lawyer. They have five grandchildren ranging in age from 20 months to seven years of age.
Naomi Khoo says ‘We have visited the Centres and were especially impressed with the Managers and their caring staff. As a teacher, and a grandmother with young children, I am sympathetic to the charity’s aim to help and support under 5’s with additional needs. We have seen how this can be life changing for children and their families.’
Christopher Khoo adds ‘It is a honour to be, along with my wife Naomi, a Patron of Dingley’s Promise, following on from Lady Catherine Stevenson.’