Categories Charity Helen Philanthropy

Damian Backs Fundraiser Participant in Honor of Helen

Marie Curie Hospice: Running for Helen

by Sam Beamish | Cornwall Live | May 13, 2021

A close friend of the late Helen McCrory has told how the star supported her family through her daughter’s illness and death. Fiona Nash said the actor would do “anything for anyone” and was a “very kind and generous person”.

Fiona’s daughter Torie Benson died 10 years ago at age 30 due to cervical cancer. To mark the anniversary of her death and raise money for the charity that supported her, Fiona’s 18-year-old son Toby Benson ran from Land’s End to The Lizard and back on Tuesday (May 11).

So far he has raised £15,500 for Marie Curie and is being backed by McCory’s husband, actor Damian Lewis.

Fiona, who lives near Land’s End, said: “I knew Helen for a very long time. I spoke to her husband last week at the funeral and I said Toby wanted to run for Helen as well as Torie.”

She said he was very supportive of the fundraiser and made a donation.

She recalled that when Torie was at the Marie Curie Hospice in Hampstead, McCory, who died of cancer last month, aged 52, was very supportive of Fiona and the family. She explained: “She knew I spent six months there with Torie. After Torie died Helen did a lot of fundraising for Marie Curie. She was amazingly kind. She was a very kind and generous person. She would do anything for anyone and was a massive philanthropist.”

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Categories Charity Helen Personal and Family Life Philanthropy

Graffiti Art Project for Sir HvH Arts Foundation – April 13, 2021

Neville the Starfish

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | April 13, 2021

Damian joined the Sir HvH Arts Foundation  graffiti art project in Hampstead Heath for “Neville the Starfish.”  Looks like Neville is getting some purple highlights from our favorite Ginger! Sponsored by Love Camden, the project supported over 96 young people in the community to be able to express their talented skills.

Youngsters used graffiti to transform a bridge linking Hampstead Heath and Gospel Oak. Children aged 8 to 18 spray painted the pathway leading from Savernake Road, as part of a charity scheme to encourage creativity and community engagement. The murals feature two steam trains made up of characters and creatures imagined by the children, drawing on the mystical and the magical.

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Categories Charity Helen Philanthropy

Damian and Helen on Good Morning Britain – March 12, 2021

Prince’s Trust Ambassadors

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | March 12, 2021

Damian and Helen appeared as guests on Good Morning Britain on March 12, 2021 to speak about their charity work for the Prince’s Trust and the Prince’s Trust Awards. This year’s ceremony was held virtually on March 11. The charity supports young people who are struggling. For more information and to donate, please visit the Prince’s Trust here.

 

Categories Charity Host Philanthropy

The Reason I Jump Discussion – Jan 25, 2021

Illuminating Conversation About the Documentary

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | January 25, 2021

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At the age of 13, Naoki Higashida wrote The Reason I Jump, about his experience as a nonspeaking autistic child. Now, director Jerry Rothwell has adapted Higashida’s book into an award-winning documentary – an immersive cinematic exploration of neurodiversity through the experiences of nonspeaking autistic people from around the world. The film blends Higashida’s revelatory insights into autism with intimate portraits of five remarkable young people. It opens a window for audiences into an intense and overwhelming, but often joyful, sensory universe. Continue reading The Reason I Jump Discussion – Jan 25, 2021

Categories Charity Host Philanthropy TV/Film Projects

Virtual Q&A Conversation for 92Y – Jan 24, 2021

The Reason I Jump

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | January 24, 2021

At the age of 13, Naoki Higashida wrote The Reason I Jump, about his experience as a nonspeaking autistic child

Now, director Jerry Rothwell has adapted Higashida’s book into an award-winning documentary – an immersive cinematic exploration of neurodiversity through the experiences of nonspeaking autistic people from around the world. The film blends Higashida’s revelatory insights into autism with intimate portraits of five remarkable young people. It opens a window for audiences into an intense and overwhelming, but often joyful, sensory universe.

Director Jerry Rothwell, author David Mitchell (Cloud Atlas), who co-translated Higashida’s book, and producer Stevie Lee join actor Damian Lewis (Homeland, Billions) for an illuminating conversation about the making of this extraordinary film.

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