Rockinghorse Ambassadors

We are lucky enough to have some wonderful Rockinghorse Ambassadors who offer their time, effort and expertise to us in order to support our work and help spread the word about what we do to as many people as possible.

Marcella Whittingdale

Marcella has been supporting us for several years, including hosting our biggest annual fundraiser, the Rockinghorse Ball, on the last two occasions.

Marcella is a familiar face on our televisions screens here in the Southeast. A presenter for BBC South East Today, she also works for their politics show as as reporter.

An experienced broadcaster when it comes to both TV and radio her list of credits include GMTV, ITV, Classic FM, Heart Radio and LBC.

Memorable moments include reporting live from Afghanistan a trip to South Africa with the Born Free Foundation and a stint as New York correspondent for GMTV. Marcella now works across the board in TV, Radio and Voice-overs.

Olly Smith

Olly has recently come on board as a new Rockinghorse Ambassador, offering his time and skills with a wine tasting prize in our Glitter Ball auction.

Olly Smith is a multi award-winning broadcaster, wine expert, TV personality, author and columnist. He is best known for his finely-tuned taste buds, boundless knowledge and infectious enthusiasm especially in the world of food and drink.

He is the weekly wine columnist for the Daily Mail’s Weekend magazine and regular wine expert and occasional host on BBC1’s Saturday Kitchen.

Olly hosts his own drinks podcast ‘A Glass With’ featuring an array of celebrity guests including Kylie Minogue, P!NK, Sting, actor Sam Neill, Sir Michael Parkinson and Dawn French.

He is a Food Hero for P&O Cruises, curating the wine list for his award-winning wine bar the Glass House across the fleet.  He has written six books – his latest Home Cocktail Bible offering a collection of over 200 new and classic cocktails, and launched his own range of crystal glassware in 2021.

The only thing Olly is more enthusiastic about than a glass of the good stuff, is sharing it.