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Lex Shrapnel becomes an Ambassador

Lex Shrapnel becomes an Ambassador

Lex has become the official Ambassador for a £2 million fundraising campaign to establish a digital skills academy in the Scottish birthplace of his grandmother, Hollywood screen legend Deborah Kerr.

The ‘Heroes Centre’ will be a digital education and entertainment complex based in the town of Helensburgh on the west coast of Scotland. This is also where television pioneer John Logie Baird was born.
Commenting on his appointment, Lex said “My granny talked very fondly about her Helensburgh roots. so I’m incredibly proud to be appointed an Ambassador for the Heroes Centre. Helensburgh’s got an incredibly rich seam of TV and film history. so I hope that by supporting this exciting venture, we can build something that not only does justice to its successes from the past but also inspires its creative talent of the future.”

The Heroes Centre is the brainchild of Phil Worms, an IT industry veteran of 25 years and director of Helensburgh Heroes, the charity behind the project. He believes Scotland needs to encourage more young people to learn the media and digital production skills that are relevant to working in an online world.

Phil noted: “We’re absolutely delighted that Lex has leant his name to the project and look forward to working with him to make the Heroes Centre happen.”

Phil has amassed a huge collection of memorabilia that will go on display in the Heroes Centre when it’s built, including several connected to Deborah Kerr.

Lex added: “The Heroes Centre has collected some fantastic items from my granny’s Hollywood days – some beautiful dresses she wore as well as original posters from some of her most famous movies. It’ll be great to see them on display in a building that pays homage to the town’s creative past alongside items from some of the other amazing people to have been born in and inspired by Helensburgh.

“It’s amazing to think that such a fantastic combination of old-fashioned Hollywood glamour and the roots of modern day television came from one small seaside town in the west coast of Scotland. If she was still alive I know my granny would have been a big supporter of the Heroes Centre. I really hope that I can help to make it become a reality.”

The Heroes Centre will teach people, at all stages of their lives, the media and production skills they need to contribute and thrive in the digital workplace, while businesses will be able to access facilities for web promotion and marketing.

The Centre will also contain two high tech auditoriums – capable of showing the latest in digital film and entertainment – and a Helensburgh-themed '50s diner for the benefit of the local community.

The common areas of the centre will form a dynamic space to house a growing collection of memorabilia and displays to celebrate the lives of the local men and women who have real connections with the area, and have contributed so greatly to society. The use of these icons will underpin the central themes of the Centre which are: aspiration and inspiration.

Initial planning permission has been granted and the project team is now tasked with raising the £2 million needed to deliver the Centre.
For more information visist www.heroescentre.co.uk


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