If you've ever heard of Michael Crawford, you've heard of his role in some of the greatest musicals in Britain (including Phantom Of The Opera), or at the very least, arguably his most famous role, as Frank Spencer in 'Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em'. But did you know that Michael Crawford has spent over 25 years aiding charities, particularly helping children with serious health problems?
In 1987, Crawford became the President of The Sick Children's Trust, and has supported their work very personally – not just putting his name and money toward it. Having two children of his own, daughters Emma and Lucy, Michael obviously has a close connection to the cause.
In 1996, Crawford House opened in Newcastle, to support the parents of children staying in The Royal Victoria Infirmary, with room for 16 families. This is a vital service, that has been used ever since. It was even expanded in 2009, adding another seven rooms, to help those families that have to stay near the hospital for their sick children.
Crawford's latest great fundraising extravaganza was in 2011, during which he starred in the West End production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's 'Wizard Of Oz'. From the opening night's profits, half went to Prostate UK and the other half went to help with the 'Theatres For Theatres Campaign' run by Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital. This scheme is to raise money for operating theatres where they're needed most – GOSH does over 18,000 operations on young people, from newborns to teens, each year.
So, in conclusion, although the whole country appreciates Michael Crawford for his OBE-awarded services to drama, we should also be very thankful for his efforts in keeping our country's children alive, well, and near their families. And, of course, we look forward to his next effort!