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Port Talbot actor Michael Sheen backs fight to raise cash for mum's vital drug

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: October 12, 2012

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SCREEN star Michael Sheen has always been a supporter of good causes.

Now the Port Talbot actor has given his backing to an appeal which aims to raise £80,000 for a mum to have a life-pronging drug.

Michael, who swapped Baglan for Los Angles, has given a personal donation to Gina Herman who has begun receiving the drug Yervoy (ipilimumab), which treats melanoma — a form of skin cancer — but is not available on the NHS.

He will also be donating various items from The Passion, Twilight, and Soccer Aid for a fundraising night at Blanco's Hotel in Port Talbot which will be held on Friday, October 19.

Mrs Herman's friend Tracey Lewis said they were over the moon with the actor's kindhearted donation.

"Gina is very grateful and is a bit shell shocked about it," she said.

"I wrote to him five weeks ago asking for his help with getting community spirit going as I have never done anything like this before.

"His PA then contacted me with a list of questions from Michael and asked if there was anything he could do to help."

Tracey said they were slowing moving towards the £80,000 target needed for the full course of treatment.

So far they have raised enough for Mrs Herman to receive two infusions of the drug.

"We now have £46,000 in the bank, but there are thousands more in sponsorship to come in," said Tracey.

"It is slowly dribbling in but people need to come forward with the money."

Tickets are available for the charity evening at Blanco's which will include a curry buffet, entertainment from band Local Strangers, an auction, a balloon raffle and games.

It is unknown exactly what Michael, who has appeared in numerous blockbusters including Twilight, The Damned United, and The Queen has donated for the auction.

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