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John Barrowman brings sparkle to New Forest charity
9:23am Saturday 7th September 2013 in News
HE IS Mr Showbiz – star of the small screen, the silver screen and the West End stage.
And tonight millions of viewers will see all-singing, all-dancing celebrity John Barrowman bring his sparkle to a New Forest charity which he has taken to his heart.
It is a charity he believes “saves lives” of vulnerable young people. The Torchwood actor offered to be a patron for New Forest Nightstop after learning about its vital work with homeless youngsters in the area.
The special relationship was formed after the charity was voted the UK ’s favourite cause for a National Lottery programme last year which not only won it £2,000 in funding, but a fan in Barrowman.
He has since visited the Forest to see what Nightstop does for young people in desperate straits and his visit will be shown on tonight’s The National Lottery: Break the Safe at 8.10pm on BBC1.
And who better to follow on from the glittering launch of Strictly Come Dancing than the man who is famous for his love of sequins?
New Forest Nightstop provides the only free short-term emergency accommodation for homeless young people in the homes of trained and approved volunteers around the New Forest.
Welcome Lots of families in the Forest open their doors to welcome young people who have fallen out with their families or have been made homeless as a result of a family crisis.
Barrowman said: “Many of us take for granted having a warm and safe place to stay and someone at home for support.
“New Forest Nightstop provides welcoming places for young people to stay, offering them safety and hope.
“They really do save lives. I look forward to doing what I can to support their tremendous work.”
Since first appearing on the National Lottery show last year the charity’s profile has soared, with many more volunteers offering their help.
Jude Todd, co-ordinator of New Forest Nightstop, said: “Winning a National Lottery Award was such an amazing experience for everyone involved in the charity.
“It did so much to raise the profile of our work.
“We have had several people wanting to help us because they were able to see how our work gets lives back on track.
“When we met John Barrowman at last year’s show he expressed an interest in coming to see us.
“We are absolutely delighted that John wants to get involved and be our patron.”
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