Kenneth More believed in the importance of charitable causes and his estate continues this work on his behalf.
The Kenneth More Legacy has partnered with two major causes related to the life and career of Kenneth More.
Variety, the Children’s Charity and the MSA Trust.
In 2020, the Kenneth More Estate was appointed as the newest Celebrity Ambassador to Variety, the Children’s Charity.
In the UK there are more than 1.3 million disabled children and young people, and nearly four million children living in poverty. Variety exists to improve the lives of these children.
Variety provides practical, tangible help that makes an immediate difference to children and young people aged 18 and under. This includes grants for specialist disability equipment and wheelchairs that aren’t available through statutory services; adapted, accessible transport for SEND schools and other non-profit organisations through Variety’s Sunshine Coaches programme; and memorable day trips through their Great Days Out programme.
During his lifetime, Kenneth More played a vital role in fundraising for Variety, taking part in multiple events. He was also the recipient of Variety’s Most Promising Star of 1955. To mark 40 years in show business, Variety honoured him again with a second silver heart and a special televised event held at the Savoy hotel in 1975.
As manager of the Kenneth More estate, Nick Pourgourides continues to champion More’s legacy, recently donating a proportion of the proceeds of his biography on Kenneth More (“More, Please”) to Variety, the Children’s Charity. He also successfully completed a 200-mile cycle through Variety’s Pedal for a Purpose campaign. The many hundreds of pounds he managed to raise topped Variety’s national leader board for a single entry. Nick is currently working on an updated edition of “More, Please” and has kindly offered to again donate proceeds of his book to Variety.
Nick said: “Kenneth More was a huge advocate of Variety during his lifetime, and through my work managing his estate, I am privileged to renew that association by helping to promote the amazing work that Variety does, whenever and wherever I can.”
The Kenneth More Estate is proud to support the work of the MSA Trust. Kenneth More passed away in July of 1982 having been diagnosed with Parkinson’s. It is now very likely that this was Multiple System Atrophy (MSA), due in part to the age of onset and the speed at which the condition progressed.
As manager of the Kenneth More estate, Nick Pourgourides recently donated a proportion of the proceeds of his biography on Kenneth More ( “More, Please“) to the MSA Trust. Nick is currently working on an updated edition of “More, Please” and has kindly offered to again donate proceeds of his book to the MSA Trust .
What is MSA?
Multiple System Atrophy (MSA) is a progressive neurological disorder that affects adult men and women. It is caused by degeneration or atrophy (shrinking) of nerve cells in several (or multiple) areas of the brain. This can result in problems with multiple bodily functions such as speech, movement, balance and blood pressure control.
This means that cells are damaged in areas of the brain which control different body functions. The three areas most often affected are the basal ganglia (Parkinson’s), cerebellum (ataxia) and brain stem (autonomic).
Broken down MSA stands for:
Multiple – More than one
System – Brain structures that control different functions
Atrophy – Cell shrinkage and loss
How common is MSA?
Until recently MSA was thought to be a very rare disease. As we learn more about the disease, it has become easier to recognise and diagnose, though for many people it can still take several years to diagnose. Recent research suggests it affects about 5 people per 100,000 so that at any one time there are almost 3,300 people living with MSA in the UK. Parkinson’s disease is about 45 times more common, affecting about 200 per 100,000 in the UK.
Who gets MSA?
MSA usually starts between the ages of 50-60 years, but it can affect people younger and older. It affects men and women. MSA does not appear to be hereditary although current research is examining whether or not there is a genetic predisposition to develop the disease. The importance of environmental factors is not clear and there is still much to understand about MSA. We do know it is not infectious or contagious and has no connection with the much more common neurological disease, multiple sclerosis (MS).
The Multiple System Atrophy Trust
The Multiple System Atrophy Trust is the only charity in the UK dedicated solely to supporting people whose lives are affected by MSA – a rare neurological disease with no known cause or cure. It is important to remember that no two people are the same and every person’s experience of MSA will be different. The MSA Trust aims to support each person affected by MSA throughout their journey.
The MSA Trust receives no Government support and relies entirely on charitable donations to fund their support services as well as research into finding the cause and cure for Multiple System Atrophy (MSA).
Please help the Trust to continue its vital research and services, supporting over 60 families each week, throughout the UK and Ireland.