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Scottish actor, David Hayman, talks about charity work at QMU

The Scottish actor and director, David Hayman, star of ITV police drama ‘Trial and Retribution’ is to make a public presentation at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh about his international charity work.

Hayman, who last year, was awarded an honorary degree from Queen Margaret University, will be speaking about the work of his charity ‘Spirit Aid’ on Wednesday 19 th January from 12.30 – 13.45pm.

Not only has Hayman enjoyed a successful career as an actor and director, he is a passionate and committed humanitarian, having founded the charity ‘Spirit Aid’ in 2001. The

international relief organisation is dedicated to alleviating the suffering of children and young people whose lives have been devastated by war, poverty, genocide, ethnic cleansing and all forms of abuse. It runs humanitarian projects in places like Kosovo, Guinea Bissau, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, South Africa and Scotland and is committed to helping young people towards a better, healthier and happier life.

The presentation, which is free and open to the public, will be hosted by the University’s International Institute for Health and Development (IIHD).

Professor Barbara McPake, Director of QMU’s International Institute of Health and Development, said: “We are delighted that David is going to be sharing his experiences of working in some of the most challenging areas of the world. The main focus of the presentation will be to inform QMU’s international health students about the work of Spirit Aid but we are also delighted to welcome people from the local community as well as other health and voluntary workers to this interesting talk.”

She continued: “David has spoken about his acting and directing work at QMU before and he is a compelling speaker. We know from his earlier presentation that his real passion lies in his humanitarian work and we are therefore looking forward to an insightful and personal account of Spirit Aid.”

The presentation will include a short film which highlights the charity’s work in the Hindu Kush mountains of Afghanistan; with the Malawian Milonde community, bordering Mozambique; as well as the aftermath of the tsunami in Sri Lanka and squatter settlements of Khayalitsha, South Africa.

The event will take place in the Halle Lecture Theatre at QMU.

All welcome but to reserve a place please contact IIHD tel: 0131 474 0000, Email: IIHD@qmu.acuk


For further information please contact Lynne Russell, Press and PR Officer, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, tel: 0131 474 0000, mob: 07711 011239.



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