Stars of screen and stage lend a hand ... or two
Some of the UK's favourite actors and actresses today supported leading medical charity Action Research and its Touching Lives Wall of Fame at the Theatre Museum in London's Covent Garden.
The crème de la crème of the theatrical, television and film world signed and marked a specially constructed wall with their handprints to help launch the charity's 50th Anniversary celebrations.
Participants included Simon Callow (currently touring the UK and US with The Mystery of Charles Dickens) along with Peter Egan, Michael Parkinson and Esther McVey.
Also in attendance were Ruthie Henshall (recently crowned the most popular musical actress of the past 21 years), Roger Lloyd Pack (currently starring in the West End in Art and well known as Trigger from Only Fools and Horses) and Issy Van Randwyck (recently wowing audiences in a Song of Singapore at the Mayfair Theatre and a much loved former member of Fascinating Aida).
Celebrities around the UK have also been supporting the Wall of Fame by marking and signing bricks. These include the Lord Mayor of Birmingham and TV chefs Antony Worrall-Thompson and Rick Stein.
The Touching Lives Wall of Fame kicks off the 50th Anniversary celebrations for Action Research. Since 1952, Action Research funding has made possible Britain's first polio vaccine, pioneering hip replacement surgery and the first medical use of ultrasound scanning. The charity genuinely believes that it has touched the lives of millions of people across the UK.
Action Research has a number of major events planned in 2002 to ensure that its raises its £2.5 million target in its 50th year. These include a series of concerts around the UK in association with Classic FM, a 72 Hole Golf Challenge and an Alpine Bike Challenge. Paddington Bear - mascot of Action Research - will also be supporting his favourite charity with Bring Your Bear Week and the Peru Trek.