Jeremy Irons Attends Launch of The Bright Foundation

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Jeremy Irons and Sinead Cusack attended the launch of The Bright Foundation on 9 June 2022, in Hastings, East Sussex, UK.

The Bright Foundation (registered charity no. 1179452) is an arts education charity founded by Academy Award winning costume designer John Bright, providing creative learning to children and young people from two venues in and around Hastings.

An Evening for Ukraine’s Refugees

[This event happened on 30 March 2022]

In aid of charities in Poland and Moldova giving shelter, food and comfort to refugees fleeing war in Ukraine.

Speeches by the foremost expert on Putin’s Russia Misha Glenny and historian Sir Simon Schama.

Readings by Sinead Cusack and Jeremy Irons.

Music by the Kiva Cello Quartet; with a new arrangement of the Ukrainian National Anthem by Julian Jacobson, which includes passages from the Great Gate of Kiev by Mussorgsky.

Date and time:

Wednesday, 30 March 2022

18:30 – 20:30 BST

Location

The Tabernacle

34-35 Powis Square

London

W11 2AY

United Kingdom

Organised by The Convention, this event will raise funds for the Wonder Foundation which, with its Polish partners, Panorama and Pontes, will provide long-term support for 600 families over the next year including accommodation for 125, as well as help with employment, education and assimilation to Polish society.

We are also supporting Katalyst, a food business incubator in Moldova that pivoted within hours of the invasion to preparing meals for refugees arriving in Europe’s poorest country, and providing them with food packages, accommodation, work and education.

Meeting the needs of the largest refugee crisis in Europe since 1945 is one of the great challenges of our time. The appalling things being done by Russian forces in Ukraine are in some way being countered by an extraordinary outpouring of generosity and commitment along Europe’s eastern border. After the UK’s shameful initial response, we are extremely glad to be part of this unprecedented effort in Europe. We hope you will be, too.

Jeremy Irons Supports Sensational Kids

Jeremy Irons lends his support to new campaign to build National Child Development Centre

How good would it feel to know you’ve made a difference to the life of a child? You Can Help Change 30,000 Children’s Lives Over the Next 10 Years By Helping Us Build Our Amazing New National Child Development Centre. Visit www.sensationalkids.ie/besensational

Watch A Story About You now. Narrated by award-winning actor Jeremy Irons and featuring the voices of Lucy Kennedy and Baz Ashmawy, A Story About You, tells the true story of Sensational Kids, and our plans to build a new National Child Development Centre to provide essential therapies for children in Ireland. 

Jeremy Irons, Sinead Cusack and Max Irons Participate in the Macmillan Cancer Support ‘Follow the Stars’ Christmas Special

‘Follow the Stars’ is a Christmas carol concert, brought to you from the splendour of Oxford’s Christ Church Cathedral by a team of fantastic volunteers in Oxford.

While you’re watching at home, spread the festive cheer and donate to help us support all the people with cancer who need our vital services now more than ever: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraisin…

Join us for some Christmas sparkle as we enjoy performances and readings from our stellar cast of renowned musicians and celebrities. Our wonderful cast includes Joanna Lumley, Stephen Fry, Sinead Cusack, Toby Jones, Jeremy Irons, Greg Wise, Benjamin Zephaniah, and many more. Watch out for the nation’s favourite, ‘In the Bleak Midwinter’ by chorister Paddy Armstrong, Roderick Williams’ spell-binding recital of ‘The Three Kings’ and many other funny, poignant and heart-moving performances from much-loved actors, poets and musicians.

This concert will be streamed free for all from its premiere on Friday 11th December at 8pm until 31st December.

We would like to give our special thanks to the following organisations for their big-hearted donations and continued support: Cazenove Capital, Oxford BioMedica, and Tacit Investment Management.

Jeremy Irons and Sinead Cusack Read ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas in Support of The Mill at Sonning

From Sally at The Mill at Sonning:

“The Mill has had so many stops & starts over the last few months. Now it is onwards & upwards. Thank you for your support during this challenging year. You have been amazing.

I have conspired, with actors and friends, to put together a little Christmas entertainment for you. We have thrown everything cute into the mix from falling snow and beloved pets, to Christmas jumpers and Christmas trees. Even my Grandson has a tiny part. The cast – and what a cast! – have been so inventive when filming their lines at home. Lucy Fleming, Simon Williams, Tam & Danny Williams – 3 generations of Williamses !! Roz & Brian Blessed with doggie Milo. Jeremy Irons & Sinead Cusack. Two lovely actresses who often grace The Mill’s stage Elizabeth Elvin and Amber Edlin. And my good friend all the way from the USA – one of the original Ghostbusters – Ernie Hudson. Plus a final wave from my 2 year old grandson, Quint Okupniak Rolston. The piece has been beautifully illustrated by The Mill’s scenic artist Natasha Elcox. You will be charmed by the whole thing.”

Jeremy Irons’s Marks & Spencer Christmas Advertisement

Christmassy cheesy goodness coming your way! Jeremy Irons presents a festive cheese selection, from the delicately creamy Collection Luxury Truffle Brie to the rich and subtly crunchy 3-Year Old Cornish Cruncher Cheddar. Because this is not just cheese, this is M&S cheese.

And the best bit? With Jeremy’s help, Marks & Spencer is donating £2 million to good causes this Christmas.

“I am so proud that merely by my endorsement of some great food, M&S is supporting both kids in Kolkata who have so little, and sick people in rural Ireland to get emergency help. I congratulate M&S on their inspiring campaign and hope it leads to further humane initiatives, as we battle against and emerge from this Global Pandemic.” – Jeremy Irons

Jeremy’s chosen charities are The Hope Foundation and Irish Community Rapid Response.

Jeremy Irons Reads ‘Kindness’ by Naomi Shihab Nye

To mark National Poetry Day on October 1, 2020, Jeremy Irons reads ‘Kindness’ by Naomi Shihab Nye, in support of Kidasha.

Jeremy is an old friend of Kidasha’s and a huge supporter of their work helping street children, victims of abuse and struggling families in Nepal.

To raise awareness of the uphill battle we continue to face under life in a global pandemic, and remind us to hold onto the hope we need to overcome them, Jeremy kindly and beautifully read Kindness by Naomi Shihab Nye.

To learn more about Kidasha and the work they do to support children living in extreme poverty in Nepal, please visit their website here: https://bit.ly/30NtG9P

Jeremy Irons Appeal for the Community R4C Crowdfunder 

Community R4C is in the high court – close to a breakthrough to establish new law which will empower community and environmental groups nationwide. They are an environmental group looking to build a better model for treating waste – and protecting resources, dramatically reducing CO2 emissions. Their Crowdfunder campaign can be found here https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/r4c-appeal

Jeremy Irons Launches Autism at Kingwood Gardening Project

From the Henley Herald:

Acclaimed British actor, Jeremy Irons officially launched the Autism at Kingwood‘s new gardening project at the charity’s Watermans allotment this morning.

Jeremy Irons said, “I’m delighted to be here.  When I say that I mean I’m never happier than to be surrounded by veg, flowers, peace, tranquillity, bees, birds and butterflies.  When we locked down like everyone my schedule fell apart. When I crossed out engagements in my diary, my heart lifted a little bit when I found myself free.  Where was I?  I was always in the garden.  I suspect being autistic is a bit like I felt on the first day in lockdown x 100.  If I found comfort going and sitting in the garden pottering and thinking a lot, occasionally sweeping, pruning and digging then how must it feel for autistic people? I think its a wonderful thing you’ve done here.  As a long-standing Patron on Autism at Kingwood, I know how hard they work to provide real added value to the lives of autistic adults. This allotment is an opportunity to have quiet, meaningful occupation in a safe place.  It’s an essential branch to the work. I’m probably going to embarrass myself with trying to cut the ribbon with these sheers.  I’ve looked at them and they couldn’t cut a daisy!  I’ve got some scissors here though if they don’t work.”

Autism at Kingwood was set up by entrepreneur and local resident Dame Stephanie Shirley. Dame Stephanie says: “I founded Autism at Kingwood in 1994 to support my autistic son Giles, taking him out an institutional environment and into a house in the village of Kingwood Common, just outside Henley. He was supported by kind and caring support workers, who enabled him to make his own decisions about his life.

The charity has retained its caring approach and perseveres with highly vulnerable clients – some straight from long-stay hospitals – and sometimes where other services have given up. During Covid-19, I was particularly impressed by many of the staff who cancelled their holidays, to maintain consistent support for those they
support. I am delighted to see the launch of this allotment project in Henley; people will be able to enjoy a peaceful environment, whilst learning skills and enjoying the fruits of their labour – quite literally!”

Jeremy Irons Supports the Village AIDS Memorial

Jeremy Irons has recorded a video, in support of the Village AIDS Memorial in New York City.

Jeremy reads the name Oren M. Griffin (1957-1996)

Jeremy made history when he was the first to publicly wear the red AIDS ribbon, as the host of the 1991 Tony Awards.

The Village AIDS Memorial is the first AIDS Memorial in New York City, and the only one in a church anywhere in the world. This historical and miraculous artifact is under threat. Visit their website to learn more: www.VillageAIDSMemorial.org

The #SayTheirNames Campaign brings together 580 volunteers who each say one of the 580 names inscribed on this memorial. There is POWER in saying the names of victims! We are creating a #livingmemorial ❣ —