He’s joining Sir Ian McKellen and Lord Waheed Ali
LGBT youth homelessness charity, the Albert Kennedy Trust, has announced that actor Russell Tovey will become a patron of the charity.
Russell will act as a public figurehead for the AKT, raising awareness for LGBT homeless youths and bring to light the issues they face every day.
Joining him as a patron are singer and actress Heather Peace and Paralympian Claire Harvey.
The charity is committed to providing safe homes, mentoring and support to young people who experience homelessness as a result of coming out. Many young LGBT youths, that the AKT support, have had to experience abuse and rejection.
Commenting on the new patrons, Sir Ian McKellen said: “Their commitment will encourage others to contribute in whatever way they can to the essential work that the Albert Kennedy Trust does, on behalf of LGBT young people who desperately need help and protection.”
Russell has been active supporter of the charity for a long time, running workshops for AKT’s Young People Ambassadors, and fundraising for the charity’s many events.
Russell expressed his support for the work AKT does within the community: “The AKT helps thousands of young people every year find their footing again. Everyone deserves to live safe and supported and this charity changes lives for the better, daily.
“I am honored to be associated with them and if just by being there, I can make any difference at all, then that difference is the most important thing.”
To find out more information about the Albert Kennedy Trust and to make a donation to support them, go to their website: akt.org.uk.
Words Ellen Johnson, @ellenfjohnson