Art Malik, the acclaimed actor who has appeared in David Lean’s A Passage To India, the long-running ITV series Cold Feet and has a starring role in the BBC’s Wilkie Collins adaptation of The Woman In White, will be hosting a charity gala dinner in Croydon next month.
Malik, who grew up in south London, is a trustee of The Graham Layton Trust, a charity committed to the free treatment of curable blindness and visual impairment in Pakistan. It will be celebrating Ramadan this May with gala dinners in Croydon and Manchester. The first will be at the Grand Sapphire Hotel off the Purley Way on May 5, with all proceeds going towards GLT.
“The Graham Layton Trust is the largest provider of free eye-care in Pakistan and does life-changing work, so it’s an honour for me to host the charity’s two Ramadan dinners this May, as well as work as a Trustee,” Malik said.
“Alongside marking this sacred time, we will be celebrating the incredible impact that GLT has had in transforming the lives of more than 37 million of Pakistan’s most needy people.”
Since be founded in 1985, GLT and its sister charity, Layton Rahmatulla Benevolent Trust, have provided high-quality free eye surgery and ophthalmic care for those who cannot afford it.
GLT has developed a network of 19 hospitals, 56 clinics and outreach centres across Pakistan, enabling the treatment of people in urban centres and isolated rural areas, which have poor healthcare facilities. The charity also invests in teaching and training doctors and technicians in the latest eye-care treatments, as well as the latest technology and equipment to ensure patients receive the best clinical care.
“In doing so, GLT has helped to restore dignity, independence and hope to some of Pakistan’s poorest and most marginalised people,” the charity says.
Tickets for the gala dinner in Croydon on May 5 cost £50 per person and can be booked by clicking here.
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Not only did Mr Malik grow up in South London, he was, very briefly, involved with Theatre Workshop Coulsdon, so I am told.