Kelly is a celebrity patron of Worldwide Cancer Research.
Kelly is also a patron of the advocacy charity POhWER (People of Hertfordshire Wants Equal Rights). About being a patron, Kelly commented: ‘I am proud to be a Patron of POhWER, a charity which helps people to find their voice, make their case, get the care and support they need and see wrongs put right’.
Kelly is also a patron of the British charity Help for Heroes.
Kelly is an Honorary Patron of The Courtyard, Herefordshire’s Centre for the Arts.
In 2011, Kelly was among the celebrities to take part in the BT Red Nose Desert Trek which took place in the Kaisut Desert for Comic Relief and raised £1,375,037.
She has been an ambassador and presenter for STV Children’s Appeal since its creation in 2011. Kelly also became an ambassador for the charity Sightsavers in 2011.
Awards and honours
In April 1991, Kelly was awarded the TRIC Diamond Jubilee Award for New Talent of the Year. In 2004, she was elected as the first female rector of the University of Dundee, being formally installed to office on 28 April 2004. She held this position until 2007. On 20 June 2008 she was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws from the university for her services to charity. On 28 June 2018 She was awarded the Honorary degree of Doctor of Arts from Edinburgh Napier University.
In a survey, Kelly was voted the celebrity most people would like to buy a car from. She was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2012 New Year Honours for services to charity and the armed forces.
On 16 November 2014, Kelly received a special Scottish BAFTA award honouring her 30-year television career.