George Rainsford's (M'96) interest in acting began in Repton's 400 Hall. He went on to study Drama at Manchester University where he joined the National Youth Theatre before being selected for the Goldman Sachs scholarship to the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. Roles in iconic BBC TV series' including Call The Midwife and Casualty have made him a household name, but it is his fundraising work that stands him apart.

When George's character in Casualty tested positive for Huntington's Disease he was contacted by individuals as well as family members affected by this rare neurological disorder of the central nervous system. Around 8,000 people in the UK have Huntington's and around 32,000 are at risk of developing the disease.

Moved by the stories he heard, George was inspired to start fundraising for The Huntington's Disease Association, embarking on the Druids Challenge - a 136km ultra marathon. Earlier this month, in the charity's 50th anniversary year, he was appointed as a Patron for the Association.

He says: "The impact of Huntington’s disease can be incredibly difficult for those living with the disease and for their loved ones. It has been fascinating, heart-breaking, life-affirming and humbling talking to Huntington’s disease families who have shared their experiences." 

Taking action by raising funds as well as the profile of this rare disease promises to make a tangible difference to the lives of many. Please follow the link to George's JustGiving page which offers more information about Huntington's Disease and how you can donate towards his challenge.