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Charity set up in memory of actor Daniel

Thursday 26th June 2014

A CHARITY has been launched in memory of popular Maidstone actor Daniel Wiltshire.

Daniel (39), died suddenly of a brain haemorrhage two months ago, and his family has launched a charitable trust to promote awareness of organ donations.

Daniel’s mother Annie, who lives in Boxley Road, said: “Dan’s death was a wholly unexpected and massive shock to his family and friends, but we’re all so grateful that his organs were donated in line with his wishes. The beneficiaries included one patient who had been waiting six years for a transplant.”

Mrs Wiltshire explained that the main reason for the shortage of donor organs is the lack of awareness of the permissions that are required.

“Fortunately Dan had carried an organ donor card and we were aware of his wishes. All too often, the next-of-kin don’t know or are unable to give their consent.

 “Time is critical in these situations because the donor team needs to act very quickly. In our case, the team at St Thomas’ Hospital, London, where Dan died, treated him and us with great care and respect, and we are enormously comforted that his death enabled others to live”.

Daniel was a popular member of the Maidstone-based Changeling Theatre Group, which is dedicating the final night of their three performances of Romeo and Juliet at Boughton Monchelsea Place on Sunday, June 29 to the newly-launched Dan Wiltshire Charity.

Before becoming a professional actor, Dan – who was educated at St Francis Roman Catholic School, Maidstone, Tunbridge Wells Grammar School and Kent Institute of Art and Design – worked at Harper’s gift and coffee shop in Maidstone. 

He joined the Changeling Theatre Group in the mid-90s, whose members were among more than 400 people who attended his requiem mass at Aylesford Priory.