James Bond star Daniel Craig donates £10,000 to three dads raising awareness about suicide

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British actor Daniel Craig is honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles, California, on October 6, 2021. - Craig's star will be located at 7007 Hollywood Boulevard, chosen for Craig's portrayal of James Bond in '007' films. (Photo by VALERIE MACON / AFP) (Photo by VALERIE MACON/AFP via Getty Images)
James Bond star Daniel Craig has donated £10,000 to "Three Dads Walking". (Getty)

James Bond star Daniel Craig has donated £10,000 to three dads raising awareness about suicide after their daughters took their own lives.

The 007 actor gave the money to the "Three Dads Walking" team made up of Andy Airey, Mike Palmer and Tim Owen.

The three men are raising money for suicide prevention charity Papyrus by completing a 300-mile walk between their Cumbria, Greater Manchester and Norfolk homes.

The group said: “At lunchtime we were informed that 007, James Bond no less, has donated £10,000 to the #3dadswalking cause! Daniel Craig’s generous gift could fund 2000 calls to HOPELINEUK – that alone will save many, many lives.

“We cannot thank you enough for your support – absolutely amazing!”

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Three Dads Walking: Tim Owen, Mike Palmer and Andy Airey (GoFundMe)
Three Dads Walking: Tim Owen, Mike Palmer and Andy Airey (GoFundMe)

The men have raised more than £150,000 so far and hope to complete their walk on 23 October after setting out on Saturday.

Mr Airey, whose daughter Sophie died three years ago during Christmas, said he was happy Craig had let them reveal his donation.

He told BBC: "Allowing us to shout about it is fantastic news, especially as he's just about the most famous film actor in the world at the moment, isn't he?"

Both Mr Palmer’s daughter Beth and Mr Owen's daughter Emily died in March last year.

The men added on their Just Giving page: "Very individual, our girl’s stories are very different, however they all fell into despair and their acts of suicide were final.

"The 3 DADS WALKING and PAPYRUS believe there is hope and young people who have fallen out with life can be helped. We are committed to do what we can to prevent other families avoid the life-shattering trauma of losing a child to suicide."

Mr Airey previously said: "We didn't choose to be here, but now we're here, we've got to do something with it.

"If we can help other families, let's do it."

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A drawing Mr Owen’s daughter Evie (Three Dads Walking)
A drawing by Mr Owen’s daughter Evie (Three Dads Walking)

The Trio said although they were delighted with Craig’s donation they were more impressed with a drawing Mr Owen’s daughter Evie made of them.

They added: “We are sorry if this offends Daniel Craig, but more important than 007, 3 Dads Walking received a very special gift from Evie Owen, Tim’s daughter, wishing us all good luck on our walk and a picture which we will carry with us along the way. Thanks Evie, you are a very special girl – we all love you lots xxxx”

The latest James Bond film No Time to Die, which marks actor Craig's fifth and final outing as the British secret agent, was released in the UK on 30 September. 

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