Dacorum-based charity DENS were thrilled to welcome Game of Thrones star, Joe Dempsie, aka ‘Gendry Baratheon’ to The Elms last month.
With the entire planet on the edge of their seats wondering how the final episode of Game of Thrones will end, DENS staff and residents were hoping they might gain inside information.
However Joe, who gave nothing away, was amazed to see first-hand the work that the charity does.
He said: “I had a blast. It was incredible to see first-hand the fantastic work that DENS do to help those who find themselves homeless; many of them younger than you’d think, and nearly all of them there are following turbulent childhoods or sudden, unforeseen changes in circumstances that’s left them struggling to keep their heads above water.
“DENS aren’t just a bed for the night and a hot meal, they offer consistent support, guidance, addiction counselling and shelter to residents, with the aim of equipping them with the knowledge, skills and means to forge their own path to independence. It’s holistic, and remarkable.”
Sean Fitzgerald, manager at The Elms Hostel said everyone was shocked when Joe turned up.
He added: “At first, we couldn’t believe it was true, as Joe is a huge international star. What an absolute legend he is – such a nice guy.
“Joe listened with interest to resident’s stories and was genuinely concerned to hear the issues some of residents are facing.”
Nicky Maxwell-Braithwaite, community and events manager at DENS adds: “Nothing was too much for Joe, as we drove him around our services, we made a quick detour to the beautiful ruins of Berkhamsted Castle, the venue for our next exciting event – our DENS Castle walk. Joe was delighted to take part in some filming to promote our forthcoming walk.”