Gyles Brandreth is a former appeals chairman, chairman and currently vice-president of the National Playing Fields Association, now known as Fields in Trust: www.fieldsintrust.org.
In 1986 as chairman of the Barn Elms Protection Association, Gyles visited Sir Peter Scott to trigger the creation of what became the London Wetlands Centre: www.wwt.org.uk/visit/london.
Gyles has served on the appeals committee of what used to be called Action Research for the Crippled Child, now www.action.org.uk He is the patron of PetSavers, a division of the British Small Animal Veterinary Association dedicated to improving the health of pets, providing vets with a better understanding of the illnesses that affect animals: www.petsavers.org.uk.
He is the founder of the Poetry Together project which encourages young people and older people to learn poetry together: www.poetrytogether.com. He is a patron of the Polka Theatre for children in Wimbledon: www.polkatheatre.com, and an ambassador for the Old Sorting Office Arts Centre in Barnes: www.osoarts.org.uk and for the Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond: www.orangetreetheatre.co.uk
Other charities he supports include:
GOSH Great Ormond Street Hospital
Leuka – Leading Leukaemia Research
Para Dance UK
Say Aphasia Charity
He is a patron, president or vice-president of a number of societies, including:
In 1971, Gyles Brandreth founded the National Scrabble Championships. He is the president of the Association of British Scrabble Players: www.absp.org.uk