Emma Samms praised in Parliament for long COVID fundraising
- Bang Showbiz
- 24 February 2021
'Doctors' actress Emma Samms has been hailed by MPs in Parliament for organising a virtual 'Dynasty' reunion to raise money for research into long COVID, which she is suffering from
Emma Samms has been praised in Parliament for organising a 'Dynasty' reunion to raise money for research into long COVID.
The 60-year-old actress – who has been experiencing coronavirus symptoms for a year – portrayed Fallon Carrington Colby on the US soap opera from 1985 to 1991, and she has been recognised by MPs for getting together some of her former co-stars for a virtual reunion to fundraise for the Southmead Hospital Charity, which generates money for the hospital and community health services in Bristol.
Speaking in Parliament yesterday (23.02.21), Emma's local MP Siobhan Baillie said: "My constituent, Emma Samms, the actress, has pulled together a reunion of the cast of 'Dynasty' to add some glamour to fundraise for research into long COVID.
"In Gloucestershire, we are also setting up a clinic.
"We clearly need to learn an awful lot more about the symptoms."
Jo Churchill, Minister for Public Health, Primary Care & Prevention, replied: "I'm delighted to join her in congratulating Emma, who I know is using her experience of having had COVID for such an innovative fundraising idea.
"I've already got a 'Dallas' ['Dynasty'] style hair do, because I haven't been for some months.
"I just need to get some shoulder pads. I would like to thank her and all volunteers and fundraisers, who are doing a marvellous job in coming up with some really great ideas to support research."
The 'Doctors' actress is bringing together some of her former 'Dynasty' co-stars such as Stephanie Beacham, Maxwell Caulfield and Heather Locklear, among others, for a virtual reunion next month.
She recently said: "Fighting COVID-19 is at the forefront of everyone's priorities, especially mine.
"These doctors are stars in their field and funded by their local hospital charity trust, not the Government. I thought, 'How can I help?'
"The feeling of helplessness is quite overwhelming when you're unwell, so I want to raise funds to support their work."
Emma has been experiencing "extreme fatigue" and a shortness of breath among her long COVID symptoms.
She said: "Every day is different, some good and some bad, ranging from shortness of breath and chest pain to extreme fatigue."