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Rising Welsh Stars Become the Celebrity Faces of BulliesOut

24th Jul 2014

Three of Wales’s brightest new creative talents have signed up to become celebrity faces of the country’s leading anti-bullying charity.

Three of Wales’s brightest new creative talents have signed up to become celebrity faces of the country’s leading anti-bullying charity.

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Former Men Aloud singer Aled Powys Williams, BBC period drama Hearts of Gold star Kate Jarman and actor, writer and director Elgan Rhys Jones have all been appointed Ambassadors for award-winning charity BulliesOut.

The high-achieving trio will fundraise, advocate and educate on behalf of the Cardiff-based national initiative, acting as positive role models for school children and other young people affected by bullying.
Amman Valley native Aled Powys Williams, a graduate of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, has been successful in prestigious competitions such as the National Eisteddfod of Wales and Welsh Young Musical Theatre Singer of the Year.

A Classical Brit Award winner, he has performed in radio and television shows including Later…with Jools Holland, Children in Need and the Royal Variety Performance.

Having experienced bullying first hand as a youngster, Aled is passionate about helping BulliesOut raise awareness.

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Cardiff-born Kate Jarman, who also graduated from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, is an accomplished actress who works in both English and Welsh and is also establishing herself as a successful vocalist.

Best known for roles such as Bethan Powell in Hearts of Gold, Angie in Alys on S4C and Erin Medi in Pobol y Cwm, Kate is also a successful voiceover artiste and has voiced many popular and high profile audiobooks.

Also bullied at school, Kate became an Ambassador for BulliesOut because, she said, ‘the ethos and commitment of the charity struck a chord with me’.

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Since graduating from the ATRiuM in 2013, Elgan Rhys Jones has directed and written projects with Cardiff’s Dirty Protest Theatre and Canoe Theatre, Welsh independent television production company Tinopolis and S4C.

Elgan is currently producing and performing his own production, Llais/Voice, which was inspired by the story of Canadian schoolgirl Amanda Todd, who committed suicide at the age of 15 after posting a video on YouTube telling her experience of being blackmailed, bullied and physically assaulted.

“Having been bullied myself, it’s a great privilege to be a part of an organisation that’s offering support to others who are affected by bullying in some way or another,” he said.

“There’s nothing more rewarding than seeing the personal journey of an individual, and them recognising their self-worth through what this organisation can offer – its Pride Awards.” The charity’s Pride Awards are held annually to recognise the achievements of young people who have overcome personal battles with bullying and gone on to share their courage and help others.

Chief Executive Linda James MBE said

“Our celebrity Ambassadors demonstrate leadership in their professions and serve as positive role models through their work, using their talent and fame to fundraise, advocate, and educate on behalf of BulliesOut.

“They prove that being a public figure can be a powerful tool in raising awareness and generating the support necessary to improve the lives of those affected by bullying. BulliesOut is thrilled to be associated with them.”

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