Categories Charity Cricket Gallery Personal and Family Life Philanthropy Summertime

Results of Lord Mayor’s Appeal: Twenty20 Cricket Match

Team Axe Wins

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | July 4, 2021

Upfront left: William Russell. Upfront right: Damian Lewis. Back row behind Damian: Gareth Lewis

Today, Sunday, 4 July 2021, Lord Mayor’s Appeal held the charitable Twenty20 cricket match on the grounds of the Honourable Artillery Company venue, with Damian’s brother William Russell serving as captain for his team, The Lord Mayor XI versus Damian serving as Captain for his team, The Bobby Axelrod XI. And it looks like Damian’s other brother Gareth Lewis played on the Bobby Axelrod XI team as well!

The winning team was The Bobby Axelrod XI, but really both teams win because the match was for charity! The Lord Mayor’s Appeal organization aims to find solutions to the most pressing societal issues in London and beyond with the strategy of working on four key pillars to create a City that is inclusive, healthy, skilled and fair.

For more information about the Lord Mayor’s Appeal, please visit their website here.
View more photos of the event in our Gallery here.

Categories Charity Helen Narrator Personal and Family Life Philanthropy Tributes

Damian Lewis Narrates Helen McCrory’s Speech for Graduates

UCS Hampstead as Sir HvH Arts Foundation Patron

Source: UCS Hampstead | Twitter | June 30, 2021
Source: Sir HvH Arts | Instagram | June 30, 2021

On Wednesday, June 30, 2021, the University College School Hampstead’s graduation began proceedings by remembering Helen McCrory and her powerful message to pupils in 2018 with a narration of her speech by Damian today, speaking to the graduates remotely. UCS Hampstead supports Sir HvH Arts Foundation with their outreach, a foundation near and dear to Helen and now Damian is the Patron for Sir HvH Arts.  For more information about Helen’s UCS speech back in 2018, click here. In 2016, Damian and Helen attended an art exhibition showcasing UCS student’s artwork, chatting with them as well. Read more about that here.

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Categories Charity Personal and Family Life Philanthropy Print Media

Damian Lewis: Patron of Ride4Hugo

Family Support

by Staff | Ride4Hugo | June 15, 2021

Ride4Hugo is in memory of Hugo Yaxley, who tragically died in a car accident in November, 2020. Hugo was a big advocate of facing up to mental health issues and changing the stigma attached to it. Ride4Hugo aims to raise £24,000 and awareness for four great charities.

Uncle Damian, as he was to Hugo, is Ride4Hugo’s patron. Best known for his performances on screen and stage, Damian has also contributed a huge amount of charity work. Most recently he and his late wife Helen McCrory helped raise over £1m for the FeedNHS campaign. Very tragically, Aunty Helen passed away five months after Hugo’s accident. So to honor her we chose to support The Hubert Von Herkomer Arts Foundation, a charity she had been the Patron of. Damian recently reflected on Hugo, stating:

“The recurring theme talking to people about Hugo, is that, for one so young, he leaves an incredible legacy. He truly inspired people of his generation, through his own bravery, to be more confident and open about their mental health. This is an extraordinary thing to have achieved by the age of 20. He’s touched more people in his short life than most do in their longer ones. One great memory is of our family holiday in Mallorca when Hugo perfected and demonstrated (endlessly) the art of “bombing” in the swimming pool. Face down mostly. For ages afterwards, we called him Bomber Yaxley. He became many other fabulous things as he got older but that fearlessness never left him. And he used it to help others. Love you Hugo.”

Below is information about the upcoming bike ride campaigns, the bike routes, and the charities Ride4Hugo supports:

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Categories Charity Cricket Personal and Family Life Philanthropy

Lord Mayor’s Appeal: Twenty20 Cricket Match

Brother Against Brother For a Good Cause

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | May 15, 2021

L to R: Brothers Damian Lewis, William Russell, and Gareth Lewis

The Rt Hon The Lord Mayor of the City of London Alderman William Russell is hosting a charity cricket match on Sunday, 4 July 2021 in aid of The Lord Mayor’s Appeal. Set within the grounds of the Honourable Artillery Company and against the stunning backdrop of the historic Armoury House and buildings, this Twenty20 match will see the Lord Mayor’s 11 (captained by the Lord Mayor William Russell) go into bat against Bobby Axelrod’s 11 (captained by Damian Lewis).

Damian told Cricket World, “My brother and I have grown up together enjoying both playing and watching cricket and I think we are both looking forward to getting back out on the pitch, and raising some money for the charities. My team, Bobby Axelrod’s 11, are getting in their practice now so we will be ready and raring to go!”

10:30 am – Cricketers and spectators arrive
11:00 am – First innings – Lord Mayor’s 11 vs Bobby Axelrod’s 11
12:30 pm – Break
1:00 pm – Second innings – Lord Mayor’s 11 vs Bobby Axelrod’s 11
2:30 pm – BBQ lunch
4.00 pm – Finish

For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit Lord Mayor’s Appeal website here.

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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.”

Read the rest of the original article at Cornwall Online