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Wolverine star Jackman assists Help For Heroes charity

Hugh Jackman, 'Help 4 Hero's' Campaign

Story by Jack Foley

ON Thursday, April 16, Hugh Jackman abseiled down the side of the News International building in London to help raise awareness of the Help For Heroes charity.

The Australian star of X-Men Origins: Wolverine was in London promoting the release of the new film and agreed to join more than 200 staff members who took the 107ft plunge from the roof — aided by the Navy’s Royal Marines.

Help For Heroes supports those wounded in the current conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq in the Royal Navy, British Army and Royal Air Force.

Speaking to The Sun newspaper afterwards, the heart-throb actor revealed that he was happy to offer his assistance and help raise awareness as his own family had British Army connections.

Both of Jackman’s parents were born in England, while his sister, Rowan, served in the Army, as part of British Intelligence.

After performing his heroics, Jackman then chatted to journalists about his new film, which takes the form of a prequel to the X-Men franchise. He was joined by the film’s director Gavin Hood, who also took part in the charity abseil.

View photos from the event or visit the Help for Heroes charity website