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Downton Abbey Star named as HHA Patron

Posted on 08/05/13 at 8:59am

It’s with great excitement that we’re pleased to announce that Downton Abbey star Laura Carmichael has become our patron!  Laura Carmichael, who plays Lady Edith on Downton Abbey, helped announce the news at our charity dinner dance. Having played scenes where her on screen sister, Lady Sybil, died during childbirth, Laura said the charity’s maternity work was particularly close to her heart.

With 74% of births taking place at home, women in Haiti have a 1 in 37 chance of dying during birth, and the country has the highest rate of infant and maternal mortality in the Western hemisphere with 35% of all child deaths in Haiti taking place during the neonatal stage.

One year ago we opened one of the main maternity facilities in Northern Haiti with 22 beds, two natural delivery suites, a surgical department for obstetrical emergencies, and consultation rooms which provide a range of services including ultrasound. During its first year the unit was able to support over 2,500 women, saving many lives through the provision of quality care.

Laura said, “I’m thrilled to support HHA because their work is so inspiring. They put their money into the hands of people who need it the most and are doing fantastic work building a hospital and children’s homes that will last for generations. HHA is a small charity that is doing vital work and I am so proud to support them.”

Co-founder and CEO of HHA, Carwyn Hill said, “We’re absolutely delighted that Laura has chosen to support out work. We hope it will raise awareness of the health issues facing those who live in Haiti, as well as helping us raise money so we can continue to provide essential health services and save lives.”

If you’d like to join Laura’s lead and get more involved in the work, please contact us today: