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Damian Lewis: I'm so proud of the charity work Helen McCrory did last year

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Damian Lewis, Helen McCrory are posing for a picture: Damian Lewis and Helen McCrory © Bang Showbiz Damian Lewis and Helen McCrory

Damian Lewis is “very proud” of the charity work he did with his late wife Helen McCrory.

The 50-year-old actor and the ‘Peaky Blinders’ star – who passed away in April following a secret battle with cancer – raised over £1 million for the NHS during the COVID-19 pandemic last year through their Feed NHS campaign, which also helped to provide thousands of meals for doctors and nurses on the frontline.

And now, Damian has said he couldn’t be more proud of what he and his wife – with whom he has 14-year-old Manon and 13-year-old Gulliver – achieved.

Speaking on the ‘Out To Lunch’ podcast, which was recorded six weeks before his wife’s passing, he said: “I’m very proud. It was hard work. I am very, very glad we did it. We raised over one-and-a-half million pounds and by the end of it were feeding 40,000 meals a day to 100 different hospitals across the UK.”

Helen passed away at the age of 52 on April 16, and Damian said at the time he was “heartbroken”.

He wrote in a statement announcing her death: "I'm heartbroken to announce that after a heroic battle with cancer, the beautiful and mighty woman that is Helen McCrory has died peacefully at home, surrounded by a wave of love from friends and family. She died as she lived. Fearlessly. God we loved her and know how lucky we are to have had her in our lives. She blazed so brightly. Go now, Little One, into the air, and thank you."

While speaking just days later, the ‘Homeland’ star – who married Helen in 2007 – said his late wife had told him to get "lots of girlfriends" when she passed away.

Sharing some of Helen’s parting words, he said: "She has been utterly heroic in her illness. Funny, of course - generous, brave, uncomplaining, constantly reminding us all of how lucky we’ve been, how blessed we are. Her generosity has extended to encouraging us three to live. Live fully, take opportunities, have adventures. Only a couple of weeks ago she said to us from her bed, 'I want Daddy to have girlfriends, lots of them, you must all love again, love isn’t possessive, but you know, Damian, try at least to get through the funeral without snogging someone.' Already I miss her.

"She has shone more brightly in the last months than you would imagine even the brightest star could shine. In life, too, we had to rise to meet her. But her greatest and most exquisite act of bravery and generosity has been to “normalise” her death. She’s shown no fear, no bitterness, no self-pity, only armed us with the courage to go on and insisted that no one be sad, because she is happy. I’m staggered by her. She’s been a meteor in our life."

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