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Beowulf star Ray Winstone has been made Patron of Talk... Don't Walk, a charity that targets runaway children in Britain.

The 51-year-old actor, whose other films include The Lion, The Witch, And The Wardrobe and the soon-to-be-released Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, accepted the position after being approached by the charity in February.

“Helping to support Talk… Don’t Walk is a very worthwhile cause,” said the actor. “The work they undertake and the amount of effort they put in when working with runaways and their families is fantastic… Having the chance to become a Patron for such a fantastic organization was a role I didn’t want to turn down.”

Talk… Don’t Walk works with young runaways and their families to find ways to solve their problems and the risk of repeat behavior. And with over 100,000 young people in England running away every year, the organization needs all the help it can get.

“Having a celebrity like Ray Winstone agreeing to become Patron is extremely important to us,” said a spokesperson for the charity. “It will allow us to promote the work we do and encourage young people to understand that it’s better to talk about their problems than run away. With Ray Winstone becoming Patron, it will allow us to reach more children… across the whole of the UK.”

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