Dame Esther Rantzen
Dame Esther Rantzen is a national hero. She has had a long career as a journalist, broadcaster and relentless campaigner. Dame Esther set-up Childline in the 1980s to provide counselling for children suffering abuse and then, following the death of her husband, she established Silver Line in 2012 to combat loneliness for older people.
“I am a huge fan of City Lit I am so grateful for this great honour. I will do my best to live up to it.”