McGregor backs bid to help children's hospice

Ewan McGregor showed off his new clean-shaven look today at the launch of a charity campaign for Pringle.

Ewan McGregor showed off his new clean-shaven look today at the launch of a charity campaign for Pringle.

The actor is the face of the luxury knitwear brand and modelled a scarf which is being sold to raise money for a children’s hospice appeal.

All profits from the scarves will go to the Children’s Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS) of which McGregor is patron.

The star, who plays Obi Wan Kenobi in the Star Wars films, had been sporting a huge beard grown during his 20,000 mile round-the-world motorbike trip.

But he shaved it off this week – to the delight of his wife Eve and two children Clara, eight, and two-year-old Esther.

“I grew the beard to film some scenes for the new Star Wars film and as soon as I shot the last one I went straight home and shaved it off,” he said.

“It was a relief to get rid of it. And my daughters were delighted – they both hated it, as did my wife.”

McGregor, 33, has supported CHAS for the past seven years and makes regular visits to the Rachel House hospice in Kinross, the only children’s hospice in Scotland.

He has also helped raise nearly £10 million towards the building of Robin House, a second hospice in Balloch, West Dunbartonshire.

“I’m a parent myself so I can understand how scary it must be to have a child who is ill,” McGregor said.

“The children in Rachel House are extraordinarily courageous. People have a pre-conceived idea that a hospice will be grim and awful but the reality is very different. The place is full of laughter.

“It’s only after I get home that it upsets me when I think about what they are going through. But I am always struck by how brave the children are, and their families too.”

Rachel House has only eight beds and Robin House will have a further eight. There are an estimated 1,200 children in Scotland with a life-limiting condition.

CHAS chief executive Agnes Malone said: “We are delighted that Pringle and Ewan McGregor have teamed up to support CHAS. On behalf of the children, their families and the care team I can only say how grateful we all are.”

Pringle became involved with the charity because the knitwear company has Scottish origins.

The lion scarf, in pink or charcoal grey, goes on sale today in Pringle stores worldwide.

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