Laila Rouass Becomes Charity Ambassador
'It's steps like ones Debbie Fund is taking that make big changes" says actress
The Phillips family are delighted that actress Laila Rouass has become a Debbie Fund Ambassador. The Debbie Fundwas set up in memory of Debbie Phillips, who died of Cervical Cancer on 11th February 2010.
Debbie was the wife of Mark, and the mother of three children, Katy, Sarah and Jack, all Chiswick residents. During the progression of her disease, it became apparent that there was no dedicated research into a drug treatment specifically for Cervical Cancer, and so, of the numerous friends whom Debbie had, a group of us have come together with her family to raise sufficient funds to ensure that the necessary research can be carried out by a team of scientists at University College London.
Laila is best known for playing the roles of Bollywood actress Amber Gates in Footballers' Wives and Egyptologist Sarah Page in Primeval and for participating in Strictly Come Dancing. She is presently in Holby City. Laila has appeared in some controversial films, including “Bawandar” about revenge rapes in Rajasthan. She has a 3 year old daughter, Inez.
Womens’ health issues are very important to Laila. On becoming a Debbie Fund Ambassador Laila said: “I was a guest at the Daily Mail Inspirational Women of the Year Awards at which the Autumn video was played and Sarah sang 'Blue Chair' and 'Say It’s Possible'. I am a mother too and cannot imagine what it would feel like knowing that my daughter wouldn’t have me around as she grows up. I find that heartbreaking.
"I really believe that cures for the various cancers will be found one day and I think it's steps like the one that Debbie Fund is taking that make the big changes. I want to help in any way I can. When I was invited to become an Ambassador for Debbie Fund I was honoured. I hope that in some small way, I can help Debbie Fund make a real difference.”
Mark Phillips said: “We are delighted that Laila has become an Ambassador for Debbie Fund and we’re looking forward to working with her at future events. We’ve done very well raising almost £500,000 in our first year, and, as a result, research funded by Debbie Fund has started at UCL Cancer Institute with our first full time senior research assistant having started work in January 2011. Our work is ongoing and we have big plans, not least the first Debbie Fund Ball at The Hurlingham Club in September.”
Debbie Fundseeks to have a continually evolving programme of fund-raising events.