Our Patron

Damian Lewis OBE

Uncle Damian as he was to Hugo is Ride4Hugo’s patron. Known best for his performances on the screen and stage Damian has also done a huge amount of charity work. Most recently he and his Wife Helen McCrory helped to raise over £1m for the Feed the NHS campaign.

Very tragically Aunty Helen, passed away 5 months after Hugo’s accident. So to honour her we chose to support The Hubert Von Herkomer Arts Foundation, a charity she had been the patron of.

Damian & Hugo at the filming of Wolf Hall

“The recurring theme talking to people about Hugo, is that, for one so young, he leaves an incredible legacy. He truly inspired people of his generation, through his own bravery, to be more confident and open about their mental health.

This is an extraordinary thing to have achieved by the age of 20. He’s touched more people in his short life than most do in their longer ones.

One great memory is of our family holiday in Mallorca when Hugo perfected and demonstrated (endlessly) the art of “bombing” in the swimming pool. Face down mostly. For ages afterwards, we called him Bomber Yaxley. He became many other fabulous things as he got older but that fearlessness never left him. And he used it to help others.

Love you Hugo.”

Uncle Damian Reflecting on hugo

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