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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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Riding To Raise Money in Memory of Hugo and Helen
by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | June 5, 2022
Today Damian, family and friends participated in a ride campaign to raise money and awareness for four charities that played a big part in Hugo (nephew) and Helen’s lives. In 2021 Ride4Hugo raised over £97,000 and they are back for 2022 with three big challenges to continue raising money for Sir HvH Arts Foundation (The McCrory Award), Place2Be, Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance (DSAA) and Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance.
Please donate here to add to their collection pot! View more photos of the event in our gallery here.
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Using 2 Wheels to Keep the Memory of Hugo Yaxley & Aunty Helen Alive
by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | June 2, 2022
Hugo Yaxley is the nephew of Damian Lewis and Helen McCrory and the Ride4Hugo bicycle event was organized in memory of Hugo and Helen. The Ride Campaign aims to raise money and awareness for four charities that played a big part in Hugo and Helen’s lives. In 2021 Ride4Hugo raised over £97,000 and they are back for 2022 with three big challenges to continue raising money for Sir HvH Arts Foundation, Place2Be, Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance (DSAA) and Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance.
Please donate here to add to their collection pot! Visit their Instagram story here.
On May 1, 2022, two of Hugo’s school friends, Harry Dayus and James Gilroy ran the Birmingham Half-Marathon.
Then on June 5, 2022 – the last day of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee bank holiday weekend – friends and family of Hugo and Helen will be doing a bike ride (48 or 101km) through the beauty Wiltshire countryside. According to HvH Arts Foundation Instagram account, Damian will be there in support of the event.
Finally, in July 2022, Hugo’s brother and Helen’s nephew, Tom, will be riding over 2,100km and climbing over 22,000m from The National Theatre in London to the Plaza Mayor in Madrid.
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Family Support: In Memory of Hugo Yaxley and Helen McCrory
by Staff | Ride4Hugo | June 15, 2021 *updated May 03, 2022
Ride4Hugo is in memory of Hugo Yaxley, Damian and Helen’s nephew, 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 funds and awareness for four great charities that were close to both his and Helen’s heart. His Aunt, Helen McCrory, passed away five months after Hugo’s accident.
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.
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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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: Children’s Mental Health Services
by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | November 21, 2020
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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.
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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