Hollywood star Daniel Radcliffe features in children’s hospice Christmas campaign

Categories: Community Engagement.

Actor Daniel Radcliffe is using his star power to back a Christmas appeal for Demelza Hospice Care for Children.

Daniel, 29, who is currently starring in a Broadway play called ‘The Lifespan of a Fact’, is narrating a two-minute Christmas fundraising film for the hospice, which helps children with terminal conditions from Kent, South East London and East Sussex.

In the film, Daniel poses the question of what it means to live a #FullLife, a hashtag commonly shared on social media, however Daniel asks what this means for a child with a terminal condition.

The film makes a play on other often-used social media hashtags such as #OOTD, #MeTime, #Love, #NoLimits and of course #Xmas and what it means for the children Demelza cares for.

Daniel is a long-time supporter of the hospice, and is currently a vice president. He explained why he chose to voice the Christmas campaign, saying:

“Demelza is a charity very close to my heart, having been a supporter for many years now, and I jumped at the opportunity to voice this inspirational video.

“A short life should be the fullest of them all so please watch, share and donate to Demelza to help children with terminal conditions and their loved ones make the most of the precious time they have together.”

Glynnis, mum to patient Elke, shared her experience of the hospice:

“Everyone expects when they are pregnant to have a healthy child and I was no different. But when Elke was starved of oxygen at birth, doctors did not expect her to survive – we were told she would not make her first Christmas. As a family we approach each day as an opportunity to find something fabulous – even on the bad days. We are so lucky to have been supported to find the best in every day and solutions to problems, thanks to Demelza Hospice Care for Children.

“We come to stay at Demelza, and I have often likened it to being at Disney. Not because of the rides, although we are on our own rollercoaster ride as it is, but, more about the fact that Demelza has thought about everything. It is like coming to a home from home. It is like having a supportive family, which can do all the things that you need to do with Elke.

“Demelza allows us to do the fabulous things that most families would take for granted. This is not a place for children to come and die. It is a place for children to come and live. And their families to live with them. It is an amazing place.”

The film has been made pro bono by Tunbridge Wells-based advertising agency Southpaw, with music also been provided free of charge, written by Robert Primrose from Swimming Girls.

 For more information visit Demelza Hospice Care for Children