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Downton actor to support Somerset Cancer Care
5:39pm Friday 20th December 2013 in News
ST Margaret’s Hospice have today announced that Ed Speleers, the actor who plays valet Jimmy Kent in the popular TV series, Downton Abbey, has pledged his support to Somerset Cancer Care, a division of St Margaret’s and one of the charity’s community-based services.
Now celebrating its 25 year anniversary, Somerset Cancer Care groups meet in five different locations across Somerset, welcoming anyone affected by cancer.
The actor has offered to run the London Marathon to help raise not only money, but also support and profile for this county –wide service.
This month, Ed is took time out of his busy schedule to visit the charity’s Yeovil’s support group, following which he travelled to St Margaret’s Yeovil Hospice to meet staff and patients.
After the visit, Ed commented on his experience saying, "I am thrilled to be able to run for Somerset Cancer Care and I am really humbled by the great work that is being carried out at the support groups and the Hospice.
"I just can't believe how positive the patients and families are. I know they will really inspire me whilst I am running."
“We couldn’t be more delighted to receive this support from such a high profile actor.
"Ed has shown that he really cares about the work we do and clearly recognises the value of the service. We are so very grateful, “ said Kathy Hughes, Community Clinical Volunteer Lead of St Margaret’s.
Somerset Cancer Care is a St Margaret's service supported by Macmillan Cancer Support.
For more details on Somerset Cancer Care support groups and opening times, visit www.st-margarets-hospice.org.uk/Patient+Care/somersetcancercare