Warwick Davis, known for his roles in the Star Wars and Harry Potter film franchises, had been named as patron to the St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice charity.
Mr. Davis made his first appearance on behalf of the charity at Lincoln Cathedral on June 11, at a celebration of the charity’s 35th birthday, which included a special Service of Thanksgiving lead by the Dean of the Cathedral, Christine Wilson.
At the event, the actor met with a handful of the army of volunteers who play a crucial role in the charity’s success – such as raising £5.5m a year in order to support over 9000 people who live with life-limiting illnesses in Lincolnshire that the charity provides support for.
Mr Davis said: “I am humbled to have been asked to be the patron. The environment and support they provide is second to none and a much needed part of the care system in this country.”
In the past, the star has held stand-up fundraising events and officially opened the pioneering hospice in the hospital at Grantham.
Hospices like this support patients via: in-patient units, a community ‘hospice at home’ service, day therapy and out-patient clinics, a range of therapy, welfare advice, and bereavement support for them and their families.
Veronica McBain, the Head of Fundraising and Marketing commended Mr Davis for this, saying “We are thrilled to have Warwick’s support as our new St. Barnabas patron.”
“He has already demonstrated his commitment and understanding of our work and we are all really looking forward to working with him in the coming months.”