GRITTY Sheffield-born actor Dominic West has become a patron of the charity which helped his mother in the final months of her battle with cancer.
West, who last week finished a starring run in Othello at the Crucible theatre, has announced his support for Helen’s Trust, which helps enable very sick people in Sheffield and North Derbyshire to pass away in their own homes.
The actor, who shot to fame in US detective series The Wire, said he was ‘honoured’ to be able to help the Bakewell-based organisation.
Dominic’s mum Moya - who introduced him to acting at the age of nine - died two years ago aged 75, after a battle with leukaemia.
The mother of five girls and two boys had wanted to die at home, in the house where Dominic grew up in Grindleford on the edge of Sheffield.
Dominic said: “Helen’s Trust is an amazing charity which is making a huge difference to the lives of incurably ill people in Sheffield and North Derbyshire.
“I know how important it was to support my mother to have the choice to be cared for and to die in the house she grew up in and loved so well.
“I want to support this charity to help others have that same choice, and I am keen to be able assist Helen’s Trust to realise its ambition to grow and become much more widely recognised.
“I am honoured and proud to become patron and look forward to being actively involved in efforts to raise awareness and funds for the charity.”
Lucy Nickson, chief executive of Helen’s Trust, said: “We are delighted and very grateful that Dominic has decided to support us.
“We desperately need the voice of high profile supporters like Dominic and we know his presence as patron will help us to build on the strong, positive reputation that we have for supporting people of all ages, with any incurable illness, to have the choice to stay at home.”
Helen’s Trust was established in memory of Derbyshire woman Helen Louise Lyon, who died from breast cancer in 2001 aged 44.
Through her illness Helen was determined to lead a normal life and stay in her home until the very end.
Since Helen’s death the organisation has expanded from its Bakewell base into the Hope Valley and Sheffield.