THE NORTHERN ECHO
Exclusive By Graeme Hetherington
25 December, 2013
Tom Hardy and Charlotte Riley meet Bethany Weatherill, 11, and Play Nurse Sam Clarkson Pics: Sarah Caldecott
IT'S not every day that the North-East is touched by Hollywood stardom.
So when two A-list movie stars dropped in on a local hospice it certainly made for a Christmas to remember.
Film star Tom Hardy and his fiancee, the actress Charlotte Riley, spent more than an hour meeting and chatting with patients and staff when they called in at the Butterwick House Children's Hospice in Stockton, Teesside to hand over a cheque for £24,000.
The London-born star of Batman - The Dark Knight Rises and science fiction thriller Inception, 36, raised the money when he took part in an expedition in Siberia with Miss Riley's uncle, Peter Riley, who has been involved with the Hospice from the outset.
The couple, who met on the set of Wuthering Heights, enjoyed a tour of the hospice and met with 11-year-old patient Bethany Weatherill while in the region for a family Christmas.
Miss Riley, 31, who was born in Grindon, near Stockton and stars with Tom Cruise in the upcoming movie Edge of Tomorrow, said: "It must be really difficult for the families of the people and children who stay at the Hospice as they are all seriously ill, but they must take some consolation from the fact the all the staff are always really happy, friendly and devoted.
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