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Elephant Man actor helps out charity.

JOHN Hurt helped NSPCC supporters in Newcastle celebrate the charity's 130th anniversary.

The 74-year-old, who played the Elephant Man and famously had an alien burst out of his stomach in Alien, joined fundraisers at the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show in Surrey.

To mark the milestone, they hung legacy messages from the branches of a Copper beech tree at the centre of the garden, The NSPCC's Newcastle group was formed in 1888, and was 126 years old on Tuesday.

Group president and chairman Vikki Methven said: "As a committee we are extremely proud to be a part of the NSPCC's 130th birthday celebrations in this way. Our message for future generations which is being displayed in the tree is, to leave a world without abuse and unhappiness for all children".

The Newcastle group stages a wide variety of fundraising events and activities each year and is always appealing for new people to get involved in supporting the charity. For more information on the importance of gifts in wills or becoming an NSPCC volunteer call 0113 218 2732.
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jul 10, 2014
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