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Actor Hugh Bonneville shared a photo of himself on Twitter volunteering at the Midhurst Vaccine Center Credit @hughbon

A DOWNTON Abbey star volunteering at a vaccination center says he is the first human contact some patients have had in months

Actor Hugh Bonneville, who plays Lord Grantham on the popular ITV series, greeted surprised residents on their way to the Covid-19 vaccine at the Midhurst pharmacy vaccination center

The 57-year-old, who wears a cowboy hat and high visibility jacket to lead patients to the center as a regular volunteer marshal, said it was the first time since the pandemic that some people had left their homes

He told the BBC: “For some people it is the first time in a year that they are no longer home

1️⃣ With former nurse Jo Wiltshire (left), Raj, and retired GPs Andrew Douglas & Madelaine Litchfield (who gave me my AstraZeneca push)
2️⃣ Delighted to be part of the support team as a volunteer Marshall I can wear everything # vaccine #jabtastic picTwittercom / JfmB8BcuRO

“We had people who were really grateful for the trip and felt a glimmer of hope So it’s great to be part of this team effort””

Part of the actor’s role as Vaccine Marshal is to calm and relax people who have not been socialized in months – especially elderly residents who are nervous about first touching others

Mr Bonneville is one of the approximately 80 people who volunteered on site

He added, “Obviously only a fraction of it has been used, but you notice everyone is preparing for it” ”

On social media, the actor described his joy in being part of the support team, saying: “I get to wear a high-viz and everything Jabtastic”

Riverbank Medical Center in Midhurst started vaccination last week and today, Midhurst Pharmacy, led by Raj Rohilla, joined the rollout in northwest Sussex #vaccine #jabtastic picTwittercom / 2NH2GFdnD5

The Paddington star, who lives in Hampshire, also shared a photo of himself getting the AstraZeneca bump, wearing his volunteer t-shirt and giving his thumbs up

He is given the vaccine along with other famous faces, including Sir Ian McKellen and Joan Collins

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