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Downton Abbey's Lady Edith becomes patron of West Wickham charity

PUBLISHED: 10:01 08 May 2013

Laura Carmichael, who plays Lady Edith in Downton Abbey.

Laura Carmichael, who plays Lady Edith in Downton Abbey.

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Downton Abbey star Laura Carmichael has become the patron of West Wickham-based charity Haiti Hospital Appeal.

The actress, who plays Lady Edith in the ITV series, made the announcement at a recent fundraising dinner.

She said: “I’m thrilled to support HHA because their work is so inspiring. They put their money into the hands of people who need it the most and are doing fantastic work building a hospital and children’s homes that will last for generations.

“HHA is a small charity that is doing vital work and I am so proud to support them.”

The charity opened one of the main maternity facilities in northern Haiti last year, with 22 beds and a surgical department for obstetrical emergencies.

During its first year, the unit was able to support more than 2,500 women, saving many lives through the provision of quality care.

Co-founder of HHA, Carwyn Hill, said: “We’re absolutely delighted that Laura has chosen to support our work. We hope it will raise awareness of the health issues facing those who live in Haiti, as well as helping us raise money so we can continue to provide essential health services and save lives.”

For more details, or to donate, visit haitihospitalappeal.org.

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