Harry Potter and Doctor Who star Spencer Wilding support a campaign to combat bullying.
Rhyl’s kickboxing champion, whose credits include Hell Boy, Atlantis, The Wolfman, Batman Begins, and Game of Thrones, has become a patron of the ISPY Anti-Bullying Charity.
The organization was started four years ago by Pat Ellis, former assistant principal of Prestatyn High School, along with principal Phil Pearce and Veronica Wells from the local pop-in center.
Several stores and groups in Prestatyn, including Scala Cinema, bear the ISPY security logo, which stands for Integrated Services Protecting the Young.
Children who feel bullied can use the stores as an accredited safe haven and staff are trained to deal with their issues.
Mr. Wilding, a Prestatyn High student, said he learned kickboxing to gain some respect and overcome bullies. “The ISPY idea is amazing, it’s the first of its kind in the world and it’s great to have the opportunity to be its patron,” he said.
“I suppose I developed this image as a tough guy in the movies, but I look up to kids the same way they look up to me.
“Pat was my teacher and I was honored when she asked me to be a part of it.”
Ms. Ellis said she was “overwhelmed” when the movie star agreed to sponsor ISPY, which gained not-for-profit status that year.
“Spencer Wilding is not just a local boy who did good, he’s a local boy who overcame bullies and he’s a great role model,” she said.
“When someone like Spencer does this, children can see the charity and see that there is help in their community. He’s a handsome, gentle giant. “
Ms. Ellis is hoping to expand ISPY service to Rhyl and is looking for volunteers across Wales.
Shop owners interested in helping or parents interested in learning more can visit the charity’s website at www.ispyantibullying.co.uk.