December 6 2013 Latest news:
Monday, September 16, 2013
Downton Abbey star Jim Carter, who plays stern butler Mr Carson, is to become a patron of a children’s hospice.
Jim has been a familiar face to the public since the 1970s and has starred in big blockbusters including Shakespeare in Love and he now has the world’s eyes on him and his cast in the hit period drama.
No stranger to Richard House Children’s Hospice, he has supported it for several years along with his wife, actress Imelda Staunton, who has been a patron since 2005.
He said: “I was honoured to be asked to be a patron of Richard House, who do such wonderful work with children and families in extremely stressful situations. Every time I have visited Richard House with Imelda I have been struck by the positive attitude of all concerned and it will be a great pleasure to strengthen my ties with this great charity.”
Carter will become the twelfth patron at the Beckton-based hospice, joining the likes of Imelda, fellow actor Colin Salmon, Stephen Timms MP and West Ham stars Joe Cole and Mark Noble.
Peter Ellis, chief executive at Richard House, said: “Jim and Imelda have been huge supporters and delightful friends of Richard House over the years, and we are thrilled that Jim has accepted our offer to be a patron. I look forward to discussing how we can best work together to raise awareness of the crucial services we provide here at Richard House.”