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Damian Lewis Receives CBE at Investiture Ceremony

FeedNHS: Sharing Honor With Helen

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | December 14, 2022

Damian was honored with Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to drama and charity on Wednesday, December 14, 2022 at Windsor Castle, which was bestowed upon him by King Charles III. His daughter Manon and son Gulliver attended their father’s ceremony, as well as Helen’s parents Iain and Anne. And did you notice Damian wore his purple socks? 🙂

The recognition was previously announced during the Queen’s Birthday Honours in anticipation of her Platinum Jubilee in June 2022 and published in the official public record of The Gazette. Damian has quietly carried out philanthropic work for several charities over many years, some of it with the late Helen McCrory. Beginning in 2020, he and Helen helped raise over £1.2 million for the FeedNHS campaign, a coalition charity helping feed NHS staff and frontline workers during the CoVid-19 pandemic, which allowed over 40,000 meals a day to be served to 100 hospitals.

The Royal recognition comes after Damian was awarded an OBE by The Duke of Cambridge Prince William at Buckingham Palace in 2014 for contributions to drama. In addition to CureEB, he is an Ambassador and Patron for a number of organizations, including youth charities Sir HvH Arts Foundation for The McCrory Award and The Prince’s Trust.

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An Investiture is the very special day when someone who has been awarded an honour receives their award in person from a Member of the Royal Family. The investee visits a Royal residence with members of their family to receive their insignia.

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Sondheim’s Old Friends to be Broadcast on the BBC This Christmas

All-Star Sondheim Concert Set for UK Screens and Streams

by Alex Wood | WhatsOnStage | November 29, 2022

Some Sondheim for Christmas!

The mega Sondheim tribute concert staged in the West End will be presented on the BBC and iPlayer, it has been announced. Dates and times for the BBC Two broadcast and subsequent iPlayer release are to be revealed by the Channel. UPDATE: Airing Saturday, December 31, 2022 at 5:35 pm on BBC 2. Available for streaming on BBC iPlayer shortly after broadcast.

The special event, which took place in February of this year, featured a bumper cast of Michael Ball, Helena Bonham Carter, Rob Brydon, Petula Clark, Anna-Jane Casey, Rosalie Craig, Janie Dee, Judi Dench, Daniel Evans, Maria Friedman, Haydn Gwynne, Bonnie Langford, Damian Lewis, Julia Mckenzie, Julian Ovenden, Bernadette Peters, Sian Phillips, Jon Robyns, Clive Rowe, Jenna Russell, Imelda Staunton, Charlie Stemp, Gary Wilmot and Michael D. Xavier.

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Damian Lewis on Good Morning Britain

Prince’s Trust

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | October 4, 2022

Damian guest-appeared on Good Morning Britain on Tuesday, October 4, 2022 to discuss the Prince’s Trust, a charity he is an Ambassador for.  With CoVid impacting education, training and employment for 18 months during the pandemic, many youth are left feeling uncertain about their prospects and children with Long CoVid are still at home without education, living with long-term health conditions.

The charity research found more than 60% of 16-25 year-olds are scared about the future. The Prince’s Trust is a youth charity that aims to bridge that gap by helping young people aged 11 to 30 get into jobs, education and training.

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Damian Lewis Supports Tuff4Ukraine Charitable Gig

A Night of Music by Tufnell Park Residents for British-Ukrainian Aid

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | September 30, 2022

Damian encourages his locals to “Get down to the Boston Arms in Tufnell Park tonight and buy one of these oh so silky shirts for Tuff4Ukraine charity gig.”

Boston Arms is a historic family-owned North London Irish pub and live music venue housed in an iconic Victorian building on Junction Road in Damian’s neighborhood, Tufnell Park, London.

The pub will hold a charity event on Friday, September 30, 2022 to raise money for Ukrainian Aid with special guests Jack Flanagan, ROWSIE, Rachel Croft + 05ive 06ix and DJ Paul’s Groove Shack.

For those across the pond, you can purchase the shirt from London fashion brand HotSquash here. For those in London, you can purchase £10 tickets to the event here.

Donations will go to the British-Ukrainian Aid, a UK-registered charity supporting humanitarian projects in Ukraine. British-Ukrainian Aid supports people suffering from the war and humanitarian crisis in Ukraine by aligning UK and Ukrainian efforts.

They offer assistance to vulnerable individuals who have been physically, mentally or socially disadvantaged, including the injured and wounded, orphaned children, the elderly, internally displaced persons and refugees.

Since the full-scale invasion in February 2022 their main focus has been providing essential medical aid to Ukraine. For more information about British-Ukrainian Aid, visit their website here.

Categories Charity Helen Personal and Family Life Philanthropy

Continuing Helen McCrory’s Legacy Through Charitable Work

What BGC Charity Day Means For The McCrory Award 

by Ellie Iorizzo | Evening Standard | September 30, 2022

Helen McCrory’s legacy is maintained through the charity she helped to establish before her death which benefits massively from the 9/11 trading day, the charity’s founder has said. Film and stage star Damian Lewis, 51, returned to the BGC Partners brokerage firm in Canary Wharf on Thursday to support the Sir Hubert Von Herkomer Arts Foundation (HvH Arts) – for which his late wife McCrory was patron. Lewis, who was also supporting the charity Cure EB, told the PA news agency:

“I love the idea of trading, I would be terrible at it in real life. These guys are honestly on the edge all the time … fingers hovering over buttons ready to make the trade but they are all brilliant. This day is obviously special after what happened on 9/11 and it’s a brilliant initiative. I am glad to come back. If I am in town I always do this day, I really enjoy it and I do it for HVH Arts, which is a brilliant little charity that Debbi runs and Cure EB, two very different things we’re trying to help out and very happy to be here. Helen was patron and I have taken over as patron because I wanted to continue to help.”

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Damian Lewis Supports BGC Charity Day 2022

On the Trading Floor for Cure EB and HvH Arts Foundation

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | September 29, 2022

Damian makes trading look easy as he participates in the 18th annual BGC Charity Day 2022 on Thursday, September 29, 2022 at Canary Wharf located at One Churchill Place in London, England for CureEB and the Sir Hubert von Herkomer Arts Foundation. He was among other celebrities helping raise money for various charities for the 21st anniversary of 9/11. The annual Charity Day supports BGC Partners and it’s affiliated companies Cantor Fitzgerald and GFI Group and all profits made on trades today will go to hundreds of charities across the globe. In addition to BGC’s offices in London, Charity Day 2022 took place across the firm’s international offices including, New York, London, Paris, Singapore, Hong Kong, Sao Paulo and Sydney.

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Faces of Soccer Aid by Andy Gotts

Soccer Aid Portraits for Auction

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | September 24, 2022

Some of the world’s biggest stars from the entertainment and sporting industry have been photographed by legendary celebrity portrait photographer, Andy Gotts MBE, for an exhibition at Maddox Gallery in Westbourne Grove, London. The online auction will open at 9:00 am on September 30 and runs through October 9, 2022. Damian’s Lot number is #23. Presented in a floating black wood box frame (with grain), the large Fine Art Giclée Archival Print measures 168 x 117 cm (sheet size 152 x 102 cm). Soccer Aid team: England. Appearances: 5

The stunning portraits, which can be viewed in our Gallery here, were taken behind-the-scenes at Soccer Aid for UNICEF 2021 and 2022, and all proceeds from the sales of the signed prints will support UNICEF’s work helping children around the world to get the best start in life. By tackling the issues that turn childhoods upside down – from war and disaster to hunger and disease – UNICEF helps children to learn, rebuild their lives and gain access to healthcare so they can get back to just being kids.

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Damian Lewis Attended Head Guard Charity Auction

Ringside: Boxing For The Mind, Body and Soul

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | September 16, 2022

Damian attended Head Guard’s “weigh-in and charity auction” on Wednesday, September 14, 2022 at London’s Groucho Club in the Gennaro Room. Head Guard is a non-profit organization with a mission to empower women and children who have experienced trauma in the form of sexual assault, trafficking, domestic violence, war or life-altering abuse. The charity piloted the program in Iraq in 2019 at a refugee camp so that young women and their boxing sisters would be self-sufficient once they left. A small local charity in Iraq called The Lotus Flower then paid the women to coach as they recognized the huge benefits it had on the mental health of the women within the camp.

Although the auction is closed, you can view the catalogue here. The evening’s weigh-in was a precursor for the charity’s next mission, a boxing match fundraiser and fight night with Damon ‘The Showman’ Bryant (trained by Cathy ‘The Bitch’ Brown) to be held October 21, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. at the indoor arena and leisure complex York Hall in Bethnal Green to help more young women in Nepal, along with the Sustainable Foundation.

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Damian Lewis To Support BGC Charity Day 2022

Time to Make Some Calls

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | August 31, 2022

UPDATE: Due to the passing of Queen Elizabeth II and the 10-day mourning period in the UK, this event was rescheduled for Thursday, September 29, 2022.

HvH Arts Foundation announced today on Instagram that their Patron Damian Lewis and Ambassador Sadie Frost will be back on the trading floor this year to support their charity at BGC Charity Day 2022. And Damian will also raise funds for CureEB as Patron of that charity. He is scheduled to participate in the 18th annual BGC Charity Day on Monday, September 12, 2022 at Canary Wharf located at One Churchill Place in London, England.

Damian raises money for two local organizations – CureEB which supports those affected by epidermolysis bullosa, a severe genetic skin condition that leads to blistering and skin loss at the slightest friction. Children with the condition are often referred to as ‘Butterfly Children’ as their skin is said to be as fragile as a butterfly’s wings. And the HvH Arts Foundation, a foundation near to Helen McCrory’s heart that is dedicated to ensuring every child is given a chance to connect with and express their inner artist in a time when funding for the arts are squeezed out of the mainstream curriculum.

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Damian Lewis to Present Trophies at Butterfly Run

It’s Time to Fly!

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | August 12, 2022

UPDATE: On Saturday, September 24 it was announced that Damian will be unable to attend this event due to unforeseen circumstances.

Damian will be presenting the winners’ trophies at CureEB’s Butterfly Run this year. After a break due to the pandemic, CureEB is delighted to invite the public back to their Butterfly Run at Olympic Park in London on Sunday, September 25, 2022. The charity encourages as many people of all abilities to run, walk or wheel in the 1k, 5k or 10k race to help raise vital funds to cure EB. CureEB’s Butterfly Run is a celebration of inclusivity!

CureEB funds medical research to find a cure for all types of epidermolysis bullosa (EB), a severe genetic skin condition that leads to blistering and skin loss at the slightest friction. Children with the condition are often referred to as ‘Butterfly Children’ as their skin is said to be as fragile as a butterfly’s wings.

You can make a donation or raise sponsorship at their Just Giving page here.
For more information, please visit CureEB’s website here.

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Vote for Damian Lewis as Celebrity Hero of 2022

Best of British

by James Murray | Daily Express | August 11, 2022

We invite you to vote for the Daily Express Celebrity Hero of 2022, one of the Amplifon Awards for Brave Britons. From a shortlist of ten, you can select the famous person from the worlds of show businesses, sport and politics who you believe has demonstrated “Best of British” qualities in the last 12 months to either triumph over adversity or help others in a truly significant way. The top four and winner will be announced at a ceremony hosted by Radio 2 Breakfast Show presenter Rachel Burden and Falklands War hero Simon Weston on Tuesday, October 11, 2022. Vote here now.

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Thousands Raised in Memory of ‘Inspiring’ Brother and His Aunt, Helen McCrory

Riding all the Way from London to Madrid  for Hugo and Helen

by Lily Ford | Evening Standard | July 21, 2022

An Army officer has raised thousands of pounds for charity by cycling 2,100 kilometres from London to Madrid in memory of his “inspiring” brother and his aunt, actress Helen McCrory. Tom Yaxley, 32, is the brother of Hugo Yaxley and nephew of Damian, as well as McCrory, who died from cancer in April 2021 aged 52.

Mr. Yaxley has embarked on the cycle across Europe for Ride4Hugo, a series of fundraising events organised by friends and family which have earned more than £115,000 for four charities. Through tough gruelling climbs, injury, pain, heat, traffic and SHEEP! Nothing stopped him.

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