Actor Ewan McGregor is urging fans to raise funds for a hospice in his native Scotland by downloading a charity Christmas song penned by a paralysed boy.
The Big Fish star has praised the youngster for his vivid imagination and the lengths he went to to pen a story titled The Christmas Gibbons, which was then set to music by family friends.
Adam Bojelian, 12, from Edinburgh, Scotland suffers from cerebral palsy, a condition that causes physical disability, and lost all movement at the age of 10 months. He can only communicate by blinking and composed the poem with the help of his mother who held up a series of words and letters in front of him.
The actor says, “I love the idea that Santa is assisted at Christmas by gibbons. It’s quite incredible to think that Adam shares his vivid imagination with us through poetry written by blinking. I hope lots of people will download this track at Christmas and help to raise some money for CHAS at such a poignant time of year.”
Ewan McGregor thanks supporters of Christmas charity appeal 'Challenge Santa'
Ewan McGregor thanks supporters of the Challenge Santa appeal for Children's Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS). The appeal is raising money for children and young people in Scotland with life-shortening conditions. Donate now at mydonate.bt.com/challengesanta Find out more about CHAS at www.chas.org.uk.
Moulin Rouge star Ewan McGregor has taken up an unusual new hobby - building bicycles from scraps he finds on eBay.
The 41-year-old actor said that he has become fascinated by the mechanics of the bike and enjoys surfing the internet auction site to find frames to work on, reported Daily Star online.
“You buy a frame on eBay, and you think, ‘What do I do now?’ You have your aesthetic idea, but all bike builders say it kind of builds itself - which it does in a way. Things either do or don’t work. Components fit or they don’t, and sometimes you alter them until they do,” he said.
However, McGregor has little use for all of the bikes he has been building at his Los Angeles home - because everyone drives in California.
“At the end of the day, you’ve built a work of art, but you can also ride it to the shops. (Only) nobody rides bikes in LA,” McGregor added.