The Big Give is Here: Let’s Give to Cure EB and HvH Arts This Holiday Season!

Today is Giving Tuesday! It is a a global day of giving we celebrate on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving and kick off The Big Give Christmas Challenge! So it’s time to be thankful for all the good stuff in our lives and focus on our holiday giving.

Damian Lewis is the proud patron of two charities, Cure EB and Sir Hubert von Herkomer Arts Foundation (HvH Arts). In the photo above, you see him with two formidable ladies: On the left is Debbi Clark, the founder and CEO of Sir HvH Arts, and on the right is Sharmila Collins, the founder and CEO of Cure EB.

And here I am kindly inviting you to consider giving to these two charities this holiday season. I am sharing information about both as well as about how to donate via The Big Give Christmas Challenge. Please note that timing is key because donations will be DOUBLED by generous fund matchers for a week starting today!

 Cure EB

Cure EB at BGC Charity Day 2022

The kids that are born with Recessive Dystropic Epidermolysis Bullosa (RDEB) or EB for short lack the protein that holds their skin together. They have extremely fragile skin that they are sometimes called “butterfly children.” Lots of activities we take for granted as easy routines in our daily lives are a struggle for them. Can you imagine a day where your dressing up takes up to two hours and eating and drinking cause blisters in your mouth and throat? These kids have to deal with this kind of pain every single day. Besides, they are under extra risk to develop skin cancer later in life and their life expectancy is not very long.

Sharmila and James Collins are the two heroes behind Cure EB (formerly Sohana Research Fund) – a fund to raise awareness as well as money for research to ultimately have a cure for this terrible skin condition. The couple founded Cure EB because their daughter Sohana was born with this condition. Here is what Sohana, now a college student, says about EB.

Damian is on the trading floor every year on BGC Charity Day to raise money for Cure EB that would fund the on-going research projects to find a cure for this terrible skin condition. Cure EB is currently raising money for The Gene Editing Project aimed att urning medical research into effective treatments, and eventually, cures for EB. Since Collins family covers the cost of events, fund-raising as well as the administration services for Cure EB, 100% of your donations will go into the gene editing project.

HvH Arts 

Helen McCrory hosting a Master Class Chocolate Course for the Sir Hubert Von Herkomer Arts Foundation in 2017

Helen McCrory was the patron of Sir Hubert Von Herkomer Arts Foundation  (HvH Arts in short) a charity that is dedicated to ensuring every child is given a chance to connect with art when funding for the arts is squeezed out of the mainstream curriculum at schools.

A huge believer in that every child should have access to arts, Helen championed the charity starting on day one when it was founded in 2013. We saw her and Damian attending HvH Arts Student Exhibitions and chat with students about their art as well as working the phones on the trading floor to raise funds for the foundation over the years.

Damian and Helen attend BGC Day and raise funds for the charities they patron in September 2018

After Helen passed away in 2021, Damian kindly asked us to add HvH Arts to his charities on his fan site because he would now take over as the patron of HvH Arts. The family also kindly asked donations in memory of Helen be made to HvH Arts. And Debbi Clark, the CEO of Sir HvH Arts Foundation and Helen’s close friend, penned a tribute for her “beautiful one” and announced the ‘McCrory Award.’

“The ‘McCrory Award’ will be dedicated to supporting disadvantaged children and young people who are gifted in their art, yet many do not have access to the resources, the training, the income to support them fulfill their dream. The ‘McCrory Award’ will make their dreams become a reality.”

And Damian, as he gave out the inaugural McCrory Awards, discussed the urgent need for funding for underprivileged artists <3

LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 15: (L to R) Joshua Bamgbose, Damian Lewis, Sienna Rackal, Debbi Clark and Giada Averna attend the launch of The McCrory Award, featuring an exhibition of art and photography inspired by Helen McCrory, presented by Damian Lewis and HVH Arts at Alon Zakaim Fine Art on June 15, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)

“If we want working-class writers… we’ve got to find a way of giving them the confidence to pursue it, but also the financial backing to have failures.”

HvH Arts is currently raising funds for The Music Mentoring Project (TMMP). The main goal is to protect young people in vulnerable communities from gang grooming, and instead ensure that they engage in a creative project that they want to do and enjoy. Such projects are aimed at educating young people and helping them, in time, to find good employment.

LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 02: Damian Lewis (2R) performs with students at the Sir Hubert Von Herkomer Arts Foundation (HVH Arts) Summer Exhibition “Create Every Day” on September 2, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by Alan Chapman/Dave Benett/Getty Images)

Here’s a testament from a parent whose child is involved with The Music Mentoring Project (TMMP).

If you want to donate to Cure EB or Sir HvH Arts, or both, the best time to do it is between 12 pm UK time November 28 (today!) to 12 pm UK time December 5, because donations will be DOUBLED by generous fund matchers! All you have to do is visit Cure EB and/or HvH Arts on Big Give UK Christmas Challenge website, and donate securely. I did it for the last couple of years and I can vouch for the donation process to be quick and very secure. Please keep in mind that the matching funds could be limited so that the earlier you donate, the more likely that your donation will be doubled! Thank you!

LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 11: Damian Lewis (R) attends the BGC Group Charity Day on behalf of EB Cure and HvH Arts, raising millions for good causes in memory of BGC’s colleagues lost on 9/11, on September 11, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by Dave Benett/Getty Images for BGC Group)

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