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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 Christmas Philanthropy Video

VIDEO: Place2Be Virtual Carol Concert – Dec 4, 2020

Advent 1955 by John Betjeman

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | December 4, 2020

Damian recites ‘Advent 1955’ at Place2Be’s 2020 virtual Carol Concert that was live-streamed from St. Marylebone Parish Church on Thursday, December 3rd at 6:30 p.m. BST.  Please donate to Place2Be here by clicking the yellow donate button in the upper right-hand corner. Then, once prompted, type ‘Carol Concert’ in the ‘Reason for Donation’ section. View photos of the event in our Gallery here.

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Place2Be Virtual Christmas Carol Concert – Nov 21, 2020

Place2Be: Children’s Mental Health Services

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | November 21, 2020

UPDATE: View photos of the event in our Gallery here

Join in for Place2Be’s 2020 virtual Christmas Carol Concert. This special event promises to be the highlight of your festive calendar. To keep everyone safe, their annual Carol Concert will be live-streamed from St. Marylebone Parish Church on Thursday, December 3rd at 6:30 p.m. BST, 1:30 p.m. EST, 12:30 p.m. CST, and 10:30 a.m. PST. Cozy up at home with your nearest and dearest and tune in via a secure microsite to raise vital funds for children’s mental health services this Christmas. They have a host of amazing familiar faces joining the event to present and perform festive readings: Damian Lewis, Keira Knightley, Sophie Dahl, Ben Miller, Nina Sosanya, Rhys Stephenson, Joe Stilgoe and more. Book your ticket now, here.

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Categories Charity Events Helen Philanthropy Poetry Readings Video

Damian and Helen Poetry Reading at Voices of London – Nov 26, 2019

A Night of Poems and Poets

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | November 26, 2019

Source: Twitter @AllieEsiri

An evening of poetry inspired by the great city of London was read by Damian, Helen, Mona Arishi, Theresa Lola, Yomi Sode and OnSide young poets in support of the Lord Mayor’s Appeal for Samaritans helpline, OnSide Youth Zones, and Place2Be, investing in youth and children’s mental health. The event was held at the Mansion House on Tuesday, November 26, 2019 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

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Voices of London – Oct 8, 2019

A Night of Poems and Poets Inspired by the Great City of London

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | October 8, 2019

The Lord Mayor’s Appeal will be hosting their first ever poetry night called Voices of London on Tuesday, November 26, 2019  from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Join the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress for a night of inspirational poetry in the magnificent setting of the Mansion House in London.

The event is curated by Allie Esiri, Helen McCrory, and Kate Birch with a line-up of other celebrated (and secret) actors and vibrant contemporary poets performing work inspired by the great city of London, all in the effort to raise money to help support their charity partners OnSide Youth Zones, Place2Be, Samaritans, and Sir Hubert von Herkomer Arts Foundation.

And one of those secret actors is Damian! Both Helen  and Damian are patrons/ambassadors of the Sir HvH Arts Foundation.

Seems like Damian will be in town from filming Billions in New York City only two days prior to this event – specifically, on November 24 since he will be co-hosting the Evening Standard Theatre Awards in London with Helen.

To book tickets and for more information about Voices of London, please visit Lord Mayor’s Appeal.org here. For questions about the event, please email events@thelordmayorsappeal.org or call 020 7332 1582. Standard tickets are £100 and under 26-year-old tickets are £50. Tickets include a champagne and canapé reception, poetry readings and fundraising raffle. Dress code: smart casual.