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Jamie Dornan tells of mum's 'devastating' death in new cancer campaign

By Eimear McGovern

Jamie Dornan has spoken about the "huge and devastating impact" caused by his mum's death from pancreatic cancer as part of a new awareness campaign.

The Holywood-born actor, who portrayed Christian Grey in the 50 Shades of Grey series, said people don't know enough about the disease.

Lorna Dornan, who was from Portadown, had stage four pancreatic cancer and died in July 1998, when she was 50.

Jamie is patron of the Northern Ireland Pancreatic Cancer charity.

In a new video, he says: "It's a devastating form of cancer. The survival rate is very poor.

"In Northern Ireland alone, which is a country which only has 1.7m people in it, 250 people die a year from pancreatic cancer, which is a pretty staggering figure."

In the video, Jamie describes how the charity is working with Pancreatic Cancer Action to try and raise awareness and understanding of the disease.

"We're trying to raise as much money as we can to help fund research into this awful illness, to see if we can get those numbers down," he added.

The 37-year-old thanked his fans for donating to the cause, admitting that he stays away from social media these days. "I've been told there have been lots of generous donations. I just want to take this opportunity now to say thank you for that - that means a lot," he added.

"Even a small amount of money goes a long way for raising awareness for this illness."

Jamie Dornan's late mum Lorna and his sister Jessica
Jamie Dornan's late mum Lorna and his sister Jessica

Jamie also hinted at a future event that he will be taking part in to raise funds.

He added: "Keep the donations coming along and we are planning to do something down the line to raise money, have an event that I'll get involved in. It's just a logistical thing in terms of planning, scheduling and being in the right continent at the right time, but we have plans to do some sort of fundraising event.

"It's a great honour to be a patron of NIPanC, hopefully with my help and all the guys behind the scenes who work very hard we can help that survival rate."

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