A Tribute toHelen McCrory OBE

The shining light of my friend and hero Helen McCrory will live on forever in the work we do. We will be strong and try with all our might to smile today, but we will smile as that is what Helen McCrory did, she smiled, she gave, she enjoyed life to the full.

Helen McCrory a force of nature, passionate, dedicated to the arts and culture.  Not only was she one of the world’s most brilliant actors, mesmerising on screen – off screen she was fearless, she was funny, she was selfless, she was a philanthropist and gave so much to so many.

Helen dedicated so much time off screen to her work with me at HVH ARTS –  She was our Patron since we started our charity in 2013,  which provides a gateway to the arts supporting disadvantaged children and young people by providing them with the inspiration and tools to develop life-long artistic passions, giving them access to free workshops in the arts.

Today we have set up the ‘McCrory Award’ in which all donations in the honour of  Helen McCrory OBE will be put into this fund. The Award will be given each year to support under privileged young people with their journey in the arts.  To enable them to reach their full potential whether it be support in college fees, support for the resources needed to develop their skills in the discipline of their chosen medium, or support with one-on-one tuition in their art.

The ‘McCrory Award’ will be dedicated to supporting disadvantaged children and young people who are gifted in their art, yet many do not have access to the resources, the training, the income to support them fulfil their dream. The ‘McCrory Award’ will make their dreams become a reality.

Helen always believed that every child should have equal opportunities in the arts, she was a huge believer in that the arts should be accessible to every child.

Helen was the most inspiring women I have had the honour to call my friend, my patron, my beautiful one.

Debbi Clark
CEO and Founder
HVH Arts

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HVH Arts is a registered charity that facilitates a gateway to the arts for 5–18 year old children and young people by providing them with the inspiration and tools to develop lifelong artistic passions. More than ever, we need to support young people coming out of lockdown. We have the chance to create a street art mural at Hampstead Heath bridge – we need donations to enable us to create this work over the Easter holidays supporting young people in our projects.