McFly’s Harry Judd and wife Izzy drum up support for children’s charity amid COVID-19 crisis

Published on: 01/05/20

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Drummer of McFly and Strictly Come Dancing winner, Harry Judd, and his wife Izzy, have been announced as official Ambassadors of The Children’s Trust, the UK’s leading charity for children with brain injury.

Through a post on his Instagram, Harry announced that he and Izzy aim to raise £5,000 for the charity, which is facing the toughest challenge of its 36-year history following the COVID-19 crisis. Harry will select 10 lucky people at random to each have an online drum lesson or chat on video call.

Harry and Izzy are passionate about raising awareness of brain injury after Izzy’s brother, Rupert, acquired a severe brain injury following a serious car accident in 1997. Having visited The Children’s Trust in Tadworth, Surrey on several occasions and attended a number of fundraising events, the couple are keen to increase their support for the charity during this very difficult time.

Izzy is also helping to support the charity by running mindfulness sessions for children, families and staff at their national specialist centre in Tadworth. Many of the children, who have severe and complex health conditions, are shielding, which means that they aren’t able to go out, and have limited contact with their families.

Commenting on the work of The Children’s Trust, Harry Judd said: “I have been lucky enough to meet some very special children who have been helped by the charity, including Haydn, who learnt the drums during his rehabilitation. I was amazed to hear the progress he has made. I hope the drum sessions will bring some cheer to families and children while helping to raise urgently needed funds for The Children’s Trust.”

Izzy adds: “I am sadly aware just how devastating brain injury can be. My brother was 18 years old and had just started studying the French horn at the Guidhall School of Music when he acquired a severe brain injury as a result of a car accident. The Children’s Trust does amazing work and I am really excited, now more than ever, to be helping raise awareness of brain injury in young people.”

Dalton Leong, Chief Executive of The Children’s Trust, said: “We are delighted to announce Harry and Izzy Judd as Ambassadors. They have demonstrated their passionate support for our work over the past few years, for which we are extremely grateful. I know the children are all really looking forward to the mindfulness sessions and chatting to both Izzy and Harry on Zoom. It’s great to be able to announce such positive news in these unprecedented times for everyone.”

To view a personal video message from Harry, please visit: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/harry-judd

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For images or further information, contact Kate Coombs at The Children’s Trust press office at [email protected] or call 01737 365865

About The Children’s Trust

Every year 40,000 children in the UK are left with a brain injury as a result of an accident or illness and many have to live with ongoing, long-term difficulties. The Children’s Trust gives children and young people with brain injury and neurodisability opportunities to live the best life possible, by providing specialist rehabilitation, education and community services across the UK. www.thechildrenstrust.org.uk