BAFTA & Golden Globe Award Winning Actress Julie Walters CBE To Support MAAC
She joins a host of celebrities and stars from the worlds of sport and entertainment, who have agreed to become ambassadors and celebrity supporters. Julie will help raise awareness and draw attention to the lifesaving work of the charity which receives no Government or National Lottery funding and relies solely on the generosity of the general public.
Julie has a particular affinity to the lifesaving work of the charity and the Midlands, not only was she born locally in Edgbaston, Birmingham but prior to her glittering career as an actress she was a nurse at Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth hospital. The QE as it’s now known, is one of the major trauma centres which the Midlands Air Ambulance helicopters fly into regularly on life sving missions.
Julie Walters CBE says: “I am absolutely delighted to support and help raise awareness of the lifesaving work of the Midlands Air Ambulance Charity in its 25th anniversary year as part of #Air25. I was astonished to learn that the charity has to raise £7 million each and every year and receives no funding from either the Government or the National Lottery, relying solely on the generosity of the local people across the Midlands. It’s incredible to think that the charity has also attended over 46,000 incidents since the first helicopter was launched in 1991.
“My nursing career at the Queen Elizabeth hospital was short lived and hopefully I made a slightly better job as an actress than a nurse. The pilots, doctors and paramedics all do an incredible and amazing job literally saving lives every day. I fully support the lifesaving work of this brilliant charity and would encourage the public to help make a difference by helping the charity or making a donation so that they can continue with their brilliant work saving lives for another 25 years!”
Midlands Air Ambulance Charity chief executive, Hanna Sebright adds: “We are truly honoured to have the support of such an esteemed and award winning actress as Julie Walters helping us to highlight the lifesaving work we do here at Midlands Air Ambulance Charity.
“Julie is a national treasure, a much loved actress, and of course has a local connection to the Midlands, and we are immensely grateful to her. She joins our family of our supportive ambassadors , who all have an important role in helping to raise our profile both locally and nationally, shining a light on our lifesaving work and our charitable status.”
Julie will join the likes of former Top Gear /The Grand Tour TV Presenter Richard Hammond, former F1 racing drivers David Coulthard MBE, Nigel Mansell CBE, rugby world cup winners Mike Tindall MBE, Neil Back MBE, Phil Vickery MBE, RIO 2016 equestrian Gold medalists Carl Hester MBE, Nick Skelton OBE and Lee Pearson CBE, actor/writer John Challis (Only Fools & Horses) and Harry Potter actor James Phelps who played one of the Weasley twins in Harry Potter alongside Julie who played their mother.
The award winning actress and star of stage and screen has won two BAFTA Film awards and four BAFTA TV awards as well as a BAFTA fellowship in 2014. She first came to prominence as an actress in 1983 for her starring role in Educating Rita. It was a role she had created on the West End stage and it not only earned her an academy award but also a Golden Globe.
She later went on to star in a host of films including Billy Elliot - which she also won a BAFTA for Best Supporting Actress. Her other films credits include Personal Services, Prick Up Your Ears, Buster, Stepping Out, Calendar Girls, Mamma Mia and Harry Potter where she played the role of Molly Weasley for seven of the films. She also won an Olivier Award for Best Actress in the 2001 production of All My Sons. Her television credits included the renowned collaborations with the late Victoria Wood and other noted productions including Pat & Margaret, Dinner Ladies, My Beautiful Son, Mo and Canterbury Tales. In 2008 she released her autobiography - “That's Another Story”.
For further information on Julie Walters CBE and her support of the Midlands Air Ambulance please contact Gerard Franklin or Margaret Murray at Frequency Media.