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Victoria Hamilton launches Buy a Brick

The Royal Surrey really needs this new centre. It will make a huge difference to the lives of urology patients throughout the county and beyond

Nearly 60 years after HM Queen launched a buy a brick appeal to help complete Guildford Cathedral, Victoria Hamilton, who is playing Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother in the widely acclaimed Netflix production of The Crown,is pictured signing a brick to launch a similar appeal to help fund a world-class Urology Centre at The Royal Surrey County Hospital in Guildford.

The Prostate Project, a Guildford based prostate cancer charity, has already raised GBP1.65m towards the build cost and have been asked by the Royal Surrey to increase their contribution to GBP2m. Over 200,000 Guildford residents paid 7/6d each for a brick in the 1950’s appeal.

Victoria (stage name Hamilton) is the daughter of Tim Sharp, one of the founding trustees of the Prostate Project. Victoria’s passion for the theatre was fired during her time as a student at Priors Field School in Godalming.

“The penny dropped whilst doing theatre studies. I was lucky enough to be put in a room with 3 actors from the National Theatre who encouraged us to get up and improvise some scenes from the play we were working on. I loved it, and at the end of the class one of the actors took me aside and said “You can do this you know”. 23 years later I wish I knew that actor’s name so I could say thank you”!

Victoria’s credits include The Crown, Dr Foster, The Game, Larkrise to Candleford and leading roles at the RSC, The National and in the West End. She has also starred on Broadway with Eddie Izzard in ‘A Day in the Death of Joe Egg” and received an Evening Standard ‘Best Actress’ award for ‘Suddenly Last Summer’.

“I’m so thrilled to be able to help my Dad get over the line with funding for this fantastic project she said. Especially after the disappointment of the delay announced earlier this year. The Royal Surrey really needs this new centre. It will make a huge difference to the lives of urology patients throughout the county and beyond; men, women and children with urological problems will benefit from the very best treatment available in a modern, world-class facility”.

The Royal Surrey County Hospital recently announced that the development of the new Centre was about to restart. The Project was put on hold earlier this year due to the Trust’s financial position. Work is scheduled to start next Spring for completion in September 2018.

Tim Sharp commented “There are approximately 12,000 bricks in the new Urology Centre. If we can match the generosity of Guilford residents in the 1950’s and sell them all at £10 each, we have the potential to raise nearly £150,00 assuming most donations will be gift aided”.

We are very grateful to Seymours Estate Agents in Godalming who have agreed to sponsor the appeal. Also to broadcaster Michael Buerk, Baroness Kate Parminter, Peter and Jackie Alliss and Deputy Chief Whip, Anne Milton MP, for their continued support.

The Prostate Project is a volunteer led charity with no offices or paid staff. Administration costs are below 4%.

Anyone wishing to buy a brick in the new centre can do so on the Prostate Project website at www.prostate-project.org.uk, direct to BT MyDonate at: www.mydonate.bt.com/events/buyabrick1 or just call Tim on 07989 865702

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More information from:

Tim Sharp
07989 865702 or email: tim@timothysharp.co.uk

Katherine Hammersley
07724 465883 or email: info@prostate-project.org.uk

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