Palace for Life is thrilled to announce that TV Presenter, south Londoner, and lifelong Palace fan Saima Mohsin is joining Palace for Life as a Patron.

Sky News Presenter Saima has joined the incredible list of Patrons including Ben Bailey Smith and Mark Bright to become the ninth Honorary Patron of Palace for Life, the official charity of Crystal Palace F.C.

Saima was born in south London. Her parents came to the UK from Pakistan in the 60s and when they moved from Birmingham to SE25, her father worked for Croydon Council & ran a mini-supermarket near Selhurst Park in the 70s, and since then, Palace has always been a part of her life.

Saima Mohsin, south London and Proud

Her career in media kicked off in 1995 when she worked at BBC Radio and she first appeared on our screens at ITV in 2000. Saima has been a familiar face on the BBC ITV, GMTV & Channel 4 since then. She has covered 28 countries as an International Correspondent including CNN covering Europe & Asia.

Saima was on the ground reporting on the devastating Pakistan Floods for Sky News in 2022. She supported at Palace for Life’s fundraising tournament at the Crystal Palace Academy led by members of the Foundation’s Get Involved programme to raise money to help those affected. She has previously been a judge & mentor on our Premier League Enterprise programme working with young people in schools on their communication & presentation skills.

On her appointment, Saima said: 

“It’s been a privilege working with Palace for Life over the years and to be asked to be a Patron is a real honour. I grew up down the road from Selhurst Park, in a single-parent, working class, British Pakistani family. My father died when I was 3 years old, it was tough for my mum, my brother & sisters had jobs while still at school to support the family. That’s why so many of the stories of the young people we work with at the Foundation resonate with me.”

Saima Mohsin and Palace for Life CEO, Mike Summers

Saima is passionate about using sport to inspire & connect with every single member of our community.

“My brother Javaid, a Palace fan for more than 50 years, introduced me to football when I was a teenager and I’ve been hooked ever since. Football and Palace in particular give me a real sense of community and the foundation is embedded in the fabric of south London. I know how much the young people here can benefit from the great work Palace for Life do and I’m honoured to support them.”

Palace for Life chairman Ed Warner welcomed Saima to the team: 

“I’m delighted to welcome Saima as a Patron of Palace for Life Foundation.  As well as being a proud south Londoner and a lifelong Palace fan, Saima is an inspirational role model for women and girls, as well as for young men and women from the British Pakistani community, and we are thrilled to have her support”

Saima joins Mark Bright, Ben Bailey Smith, Steve Reed MP, Stephen Browett, Andrew Johnson, Chuka Umunna, Susanna Reid, and Eddie Izzard as the ninth Patron at Palace for Life.