Maxine Peake

Maxine first became interested in the City when she attended Salford University. After graduating she then gained a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London.

Maxine has appeared in a number of high profile television and stage productions including Three Girls, Silk, Criminal Justice, Shameless, Little Dorrit, Dinnerladies and Coronation Street.

She has a real passion for the City of Salford and has based her home here.

On becoming a patron of the Trust, Maxine said: "I want to help encourage young people that you should just have a go at whatever aspirations you have, whatever background you come from."

Dame Sarah Storey

One of Great Britain's most decorated female Paralympians, Dame Sarah Storey (née Bailey) who trained with the City of Salford Swimming Club, joins our team of patrons.

Sarah is the winner of 27 gold medals in swimming and 13 (so far) in cycling, making a total of 40 major championship titles since 1992. She has amassed over 130 national swimming titles and has broken 70 world records during her sporting career. In May 2013, she was made a Dame by the Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace.

Achieving two gold medals in Beijing in cycling, Sarah went on to win the 3,000 metres individual pursuit for able-bodied athletes at the Manchester Velodrome just eight days after her successes in China and successfully denfended this title again in 2009.

Sarah was awarded an MBE in 1998 and an OBE in 2009. In 2003 the Manchester Metropolitan University awarded her an MSc and in 2009 she received a doctorate from the MMU. A Freeman of the City of Manchester she picked up Sunday Times Awards in 1992, 1996 and 2009. She is also a patron of the Children's Adventure Farm Trust, Macclesfield Seals Swimming Club and Sports Volunteer NorthWest in addition to her roles as Ambassador to the Scottish Widows Olympic and Paralympic Games and Mentor for the Scottish Widows Golden Hopefuls Programme.

Sarah said: "I am delighted to become a patron of the the Salford Foundation Trust. It is always a great honour to be involved in the future of talented young people and the work of the Trust is one that is very close to my heart. Every young person looking to further themselves in their chosen career, needs the opportunity to access funding and support to help make their journey run smoothly. The Salford Foundation Trust provides invaluable support and financial assistance to many local young people and is unique in that it supports people across all areas of life. I remember very clearly applying for grant funding when I was first selected to the Great Britain Swimming Team and the money I received made a huge impact and is one of the reasons I remain an international athlete to this day. I am privileged to be involved with the Trust and hope the backing provided will lead other young people to follow their dreams as I have done."

Peter Hook

Salford born and bred musician Peter Hook of Joy Division, New Order and Hacienda fame, has become a patron of the Trust.

His style of music not only put the name of Salford on the music map but inspired a whole new generation of post punk dance and rave music.

He teamed up with Tony Wilson to run one of the country’s most iconic nightclubs the Hacienda in Manchester which launched bands such as The Smiths, The Stone Roses and Happy Mondays.

Peter, or “Hooky” as he is more fondly known by Mancunians and Salfordians alike, has published a book (How not to run a club) about the rise and fall of the Hacienda which gives a real insight into the goings on at the club.

He now lives outside of the City but still maintains his Salford roots as he has family here and becoming a patron of the Trust presents another strong tie with the city of his birth.

Peter said:

"Two great men told me 'You should always give something back'. I have been very lucky in my life. Even though I have had many ups and downs I have had a great time and for that I thank everyone. I am delighted to be able to help this cause because it originates in a place that is still very, very close to my heart - Salford. Whatever you say about the place, it is the place of my birth and made me what I am. I will help as much as I can. Those two men, Rob Gretton and Tony Wilson were right. To support the Foundation Trust is my pleasure."