Dame Joan is deeply concerned about children the world over and is an honorary founding member of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. She has supported several foster children in India for 25 years. Since 1983 she has been a patron of the International Foundation for children with Learning Disabilities and in March 1988 the Foundation awarded her with its highest honour for her continuing support and special interest. In May of the same year, the Joan Collins Wing of the Children’s Hospital of Michigan was opened and, in November 1994, the Association of Breast Cancer Studies presented Dame Joan with a Lifetime Achievement Award for her unceasing humanitarianism. She is also a tireless worker for many UK charities associated with breast cancer and children.

Dame Joan’s Causes

Shooting Star Children's Hospice

Dame Joan is a patron of The Shooting Star Hospice, which opened it’s doors to terminally ill children and their families, thanks in part to fundraising efforts led by Dame Joan.

Whether lives are measured in days, weeks, months or years, Shooting Star is there to make every moment count. They support families from diagnosis to end of life and throughout bereavement with a range of nursing, practical, emotional and medical care.

  • The National Center for Learning Disabilities

    The National Center for Learning Disabilities works to ensure that the nation’s 15 million children, adolescents and adults with learning disabilities have every opportunity to succeed in school, work and life.
    The National Center for Learning Disabilities

  • Action for Sick Children

    A charity, specially formed to ensure that sick children receive the highest standard of care possible.
    Action for Sick Children

  • Brainbox

    BRAINBOX is a North East based charity supporting families with young people affected by an Acquired Brain Injury (ABI).


    The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) is a charity campaigning and working in child protection in England, Wales, Northern Ireland, Scotland and the Channel Islands.

  • Giving Tales

    Classic fairy tales for children and adults alike written by Hans Christian Andersen and read by some of the best voices of our time, with proceeds going to Unicef.
    Giving Tales