Actor Sam Beckinsale Becomes Nottinghamshire Charity’s Inaugural Patron

BWP is delighted to announce that actor Samantha Beckinsale, whose own roots run deep in the area, has been appointed as its first ever Patron.

Samantha may be best known for her roles in classic TV series’ London’s Burning, Holby City and Heartbeat, but she is also a vocal activist against Intimate Partner Abuse and Domestic Abuse.

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As Patron, Samantha will work closely with BWP to raise awareness of the devastating impact of Domestic Abuse and how to spot the signs of an abusive relationship and will encourage survivors to access the help available to them. Such as the specialist local services BWP provides.

Samantha Beckinsale said: “I thought it could never happen to me. I bought into all the myths. I thought I was safe. I was wrong. You wouldn’t know the person who nearly killed me from Adam. On the surface. But anyone who has experienced and/or understands Intimate Partner and Domestic Abuse and Violence recognises him in an instant. Knows him inside out. Can even predict his every patterned move, without ever setting eyes on him.

“There are many incredible, committed, passionate people and organisations – so many more than we are aware of – working tirelessly to protect, educate, drive for and achieve the changes needed to stop the destruction and killings of targets of these perpetrators.

“Broxtowe Women’s Project are one of those organisations and I am honoured, excited and beside myself to be asked to be Patron of such a passionate, inspiring, determined, White Ribbon accredited, kind and welcoming group that doesn’t turn anyone away. Who look at the grass roots holistic needs of the women and children who suffer from these crimes on all levels, who think outside of the box, who provide specialist services as well as all the education and awareness they do.

“They are powerhouses each and every one of them. The fact they also have their roots in the same place I have mine, in my mind and heart, anchor us even more together. I just hope I do their faith in me justice ”

BWP Chair, Sally Olewe-Richards, said: “Sam has already made a difference to many people, using her voice and status as a much-loved actor to raise awareness of the complex and devastating nature of Domestic Abuse. We are so grateful to Sam for choosing to become our Patron and adding her voice to the work we do in Nottinghamshire.”

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BWP CEO, Colette Byrne added: “We’re thrilled and honoured that Sam has chosen to be our Patron. She is such an inspirational woman and is a perfect fit to champion our charity as she is as passionate and unapologetic as we are about raising awareness and challenging the stigma and stereotypes around Domestic Abuse. We’re looking forward to working together to help people better understand Domestic Abuse and prevent and end it.”

Earlier this year Samantha took part in the powerful Domestic Abuse portrait exhibition ‘I AM’. 

Alongside 38 other survivors, the 7 people who had to withdraw for personal safety and those who are in hiding with witness protection who shared a story but could not have a portrait taken, she shared her personal experience of coercive control publicly.

The exhibition was created by Award winning Portrait photographer Allie Crewe, commissioned by Safelives UK and Manchester’s SICK! Festival and an exhibit of 12 of these portraits was opened by The Duchess of Cornwall.