Putting muscular dystrophy in spotlight
by: Leslie Bunder - Last updated: 2008-10-10
Helena Bonham Carter
Hollywood actress Helena Bonham Carter has become a patron of a charity that helps people suffering from a form of muscular dystrophy.
The star of Sweeney Todd and A Room with a View, joins other Jewish and non-Jewish patrons including Maureen Lipman and boxer Lloyd Honeyghan in helping to bring awareness to charity Action Duchenne which supports parents and sufferers of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.
The illness, affects 2,500 people in the UK and 40,000 worldwide and leads to muscle wasting and premature death from breathing and heart problems. The majority of sufferers are mainly men.
"As a patron of Action Duchenne, I would like to urge as many people as possible to find out about the work of the charity and the devastating effects of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy," said Bonham Carter. "Treatments and a cure seem tantalisingly close but they will not appear without further support and funding."