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Well, it is getting harder and harder for Helena to avoid being drench by ice cold water, as Burton and Taylor co-star, Dominic West has nominated her for the ALSIce Bucket Challenge! He took part in the challenge with his family after Vogue editor, Anna Wintour nominated them. Dominic has very kindly nominated the gorgeous Michael Fassbender!
So, the absolutely gorgeous Tom Hiddleston was nominated by the charming Nathan Fillion to do the Ice Bucket Challenge for The ALS Association (Thank you, Nathan!) and he nominated Helena Bonham Carter and Sherlock star, Benedict Cumberbatch (Cheers, Tom!). For some reason, the video posted by Tom on his twitter account cuts out just before Helena’s name (and he doesn’t mention her in his second tweet), but you can watch the full version below (you’re welcome)! Hopefully, Helena will take part!
I am working to update the individual pages for the various charities that Helena supports and campaigns for. The first one to be given a ‘make-over’ is Refuge. Helena has been a supporter of the charity since the age of seventeen and is now a patron along with Sir Patrick Stewart and Dame Helen Mirren, among others. You may recall Helena fronting their Care or Control? campaign in 2010. You can view the new-and-improved page here.
We finally have a new layout design! Woo hoo! The old one has been up for so long it was getting embarrassing, but now we have a lovely, summer-themed layout! There are still a few things I need to adjust and fix, but I didn’t want to keep the site in maintenance mode for too long. Hope it wasn’t too much of an inconvenience. Enjoy!
For those who are unaware, there is a vote coming up on 18th September where residents of Scotland will decided whether or not they wish to be independent. Helena is one of many well-known personalities who are supporting the Let’s Stay Together campaign, which urges people to vote ‘no’ to Scottish Independence. Other celebrities who have signed include Dame Judi Dench, Jenny Agutter, Cilla Black and Olivia Colman.
Helena features in the September 2014 issue of Vanity Fair, in a special photoshoot by Mario Testino entitled Best of the Best-Dressed! You can watch a behind-the-scenes video of the shoot, featuring Helena, below! I have also added some photos as well as a MQ version of the final portrait, thanks to Lindsay. Helena wears a stunning Birdcage dress by Miss Rosie Red – you can see more photos of the dress on her Facebook page! You may also be interested in reading this blog post, which I think is referring to Helena!
Fifteen year old Shealyn‘s wish was to meet her favourite actress, Helena Bonham Carter and thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, that wish came true.
Fifteen year old Ballymena girl Shealyn Magill was born with a severe heart condition and over the last year her health has deteriorated and she has been unable to carry out her big passion – acting.
Shealyn has always admired the actress Helena Bonham Carter for the quirky characters that she plays and aspires to take on similar roles. So Make-A-Wish Foundation® UK, the charity that grants magical wishes to children and young people fighting life-threatening conditions, granted Shealyn’s wish to meet her favourite actress…
Shealyn, arrived at The Dorchester and was taken to the ‘Sleeping Beauty’ Penthouse for afternoon tea with Helena. They chatted like old friends for hours about Shealyn’s condition and Helena’s acting career. When the afternoon came to an end Helena presented Shealyn with a special edition of a replica wand used by Bellatrix in Harry Potter! Shealyn had brought Helena a gift – a Celtic brooch she designed herself which Helena put on straight way.
Shealyn said: “Helena has inspired me to keep going. The wish had a huge impact as I have been feeling very down about the fact that I am in heart failure, however the wish gave me a boost when I needed it most.”
Shealyn first had heart surgery at 10 months old which sustained her for six years, and in 2005 she had a heart valve transplant. In June 2013, Shealyn was told she was still in heart failure, that her valve was leaking and that she had a swollen left ventricle. This meant her vertebrae twisted and she developed scoliosis. In September 2013 Shealyn had a mechanical valve implant, but has been told she may need a heart transplant.
Helena said: “Shealyn talks about me being an inspiration but she is the real one, together with her sister and mother. It was my privilege to meet and spend time with her. I’ve often thought pretending for a living is not the most useful or grown up ways of spending one’s life, but if I can make an iota of difference to someone’s life just by meeting them then I feel for once it was a day well spent. Make-A-Wish is an extraordinary charity that makes magical encounters happen. And trust me, the magic works both ways.”
Shealyn’s mum, Clare, said: “The wish provided a positive light in Shealyn’s life. She often doesn’t like people knowing about her condition, but meeting Helena allowed her to embrace who she is in front of someone she really admires.”
There are currently 20,000 children and young people in the UK fighting a life-threatening condition. This year, we hope to grant 900 wishes and need to raise £7 million to continue granting wishes in the future. Make-A-Wish receives no government funding – so every donation really does count.
To make a donation to Make-A-Wish please visit www.make-a-wish.org.uk or telephone 01276 40 50 60.
Helena visited a school on 15th July to talk to pupils about their upcoming charity trip, funded (at least in part) by Helena. These photos were posted on Twitter and Instagram, where some of the pupils answered questions about their meeting with Helena.
[In response to questions about the meeting]Met Helena Bonham Carter today. She’s paying for my charity trip to South Africa…She came to my school to talk to a couple of us…She just asked some questions about a trip I’m going on this summer and signed a couple things…Only like 10 of us were allowed to and the 10 had to keep it a secret…She was talking to us for like 1/1 and a half hours…She’s so down to earth. Her daughter was there too and they were being so cute.
[Responding to questions about when, where and why]yes at my school in london, she was very casual, it really didn’t feel like i was talking to a film star, she is super nice too…she is the patron of my teachers charity that we are doing charity work with.
[Were you nervous speaking with her?]not at all, she really makes you feel comfortable and she is very welcoming.
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