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Stephen Fry and Claudia Winkleman have eyes wide shut for mental health

Portraits of Jewish celebrities including Helena Bonham-Carter, Sharon Osbourne, Matt Lucas and Rob Rinder feature in new virtual exhibition, Take A Moment, to raise money for Mind

Francine Wolfisz is the Features Editor for Jewish News.

  • Some of the Jewish celebrities featured in the campaign. Top - L-R: Miriam Margolyes, Eyal Booker, Helena Bonham-Carter, Claudia Winkleman. Bottom: L-R: Matt Lucas, Sharon Osborne, Dame Maureen Lipman and Stephen Fry
    Some of the Jewish celebrities featured in the campaign. Top - L-R: Miriam Margolyes, Eyal Booker, Helena Bonham-Carter, Claudia Winkleman. Bottom: L-R: Matt Lucas, Sharon Osborne, Dame Maureen Lipman and Stephen Fry
  • Eyal Booker
    Eyal Booker
  • Dame Maureen Lipman
    Dame Maureen Lipman
  • Stephen Fry
    Stephen Fry
  • Miriam Margoyles
    Miriam Margoyles
  • Matt Lucas
    Matt Lucas
  • Sharon Osborne
    Sharon Osborne
  • Helena Bonham-Carter
    Helena Bonham-Carter
  • Claudia Winkleman
    Claudia Winkleman

Stephen Fry, Helena Bonham-Carter and Sharon Osbourne are just a handful of the celebrities pictured with their eyes closed for a virtual exhibition raising money for mental health charity Mind.

Acclaimed British photographer Ray Burmiston has selected more than 250 images while asking his subjects to close their eyes for a few seconds and refresh their connection with the camera.

Capturing a moment of self-reflection, the photographs – which are shown for the first time and taken over the last 10 years – are now being used to help spread awareness about mental health with the simple message: ‘We’re all in this together.’

Stephen Fry

Take A Moment, launched yesterday, features a host of Jewish personalities including Matt Lucas, Eyal Booker, Robert Rinder, Miriam Margolyes, Claudia Winkleman and Maureen Lipman, alongside the likes of Kate Moss, Sir Tom Jones, David Walliams and Kylie Minogue.

Paul Farmer, chief executive of Mind, said: “We know that the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic has been difficult for people across England and Wales. Mind’s research shows that two out of three adults with mental health problems said their mental health worsened during lockdown.

Sharon Osborne

“With fundraising impacted by the pandemic and an increase in demand for our services, donations have never been more crucial.”

Members of the public are encouraged to upload their own selfie and join the exhibition by donating £3.

For more details visit takeamoment.uk

Eyal Booker

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