TV, film and theatre actor Hugh Fraser was announced as Lapwing’s first patron at the charity’s Graduation Day on 25 June at IP-City in Ipswich. Also in attendance were The Mayor and Mayoress of Ipswich, students, staff and local businesses.
Hugh is perhaps best known for playing Captain Hastings in the television series “Agatha Christie’s Poirot” since 1989 and appearing as the Duke of Wellington in “Sharpe”. His TV credits include “Edge of Darkness”, “Edward and Mrs Simpson” and Alan Bennett’s “The Insurance Man”.
Among his film credits are roles in “Patriot Games”, “The Draughtman’s Contract”, “101 Dalmatians”, Clint Eastwood’s “Firefox” and “The Man in the Iron Mask”. In the theatre Hugh has appeared at the Royal Court in “Cloud Nine”, “Traps” and “The Genius”, at the Lyric Theatre in “Filumena”, at Wyndham’s Theatre in David Hare’s “Teeth ‘n’ Smiles” and in various roles with the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Hugh Fraser said of his patronage “I have worked with Lapwing, as a volunteer, for
several years, acting in students’ ﬁlms, assisting on the Media Project at Snape Maltings and also as a driver. I have seen at ﬁrst hand the educational opportunities Lapwing provides and the tremendous beneﬁts to young people, their families and their local communities. For a small organisation Lapwing does an enormous amount of extremely important work and I hope my association with the charity will be of use in introducing Lapwing to more young people in educational need!”
Sue Chesworth, Chief Executive of Lapwing, comments “Having Hugh as our patron will help us spread the word about Lapwing to more disadvantaged young people. Sadly too many young people with complex needs such as autism, challenging behaviour, physical disabilities and learning difficulties are struggling to have their educational needs met. We want them to know about the opportunities available to them.
“Our students go on to access mainstream college and university courses, paid and voluntary employment. They also access a variety of community activities with confidence, so they can contribute to the communities in which they live.”