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Stars from stage and screen have come together online to share their own personal messages about what Christmas and childhood means to them in support of anti-poverty charity ActionAid’s latest appeal.
Through a series of blogs, the celebrities from disco divas Sister Sledge, actresses Maxine Peake and Jodie Whittaker to comedian Richard Herring have all shared insights into their favourite Christmas gifts as children and what makes Christmas so special.
Broadchurch and Get Santa star Jodie has also revealed why she sponsors a child in Afghanistan through the charity and why she thinks others should do the same this Christmas.
Jodie sponsors 11-year old Sakina in Afghanistan: “Sakina lives in the far northeast of Afghanistan and has only ever known a life affected by war and conflict. It’s a really dangerous place to be a child.
Decades of war have meant that families are vulnerable to hunger, disease and displacement. “And Sakina has never been to school – under the Taliban girls were forbidden to attend school – and even now families are afraid to let their daughters go.
But ActionAid is doing some great work. It’s helping over 100,000 people who have been affected by the conflict in Afghanistan.”
In the run up to Christmas look out for more celebrity blogs from comedians Mark Watson and Jenny Collier who will be sharing their seasonal secrets on the ActionAid website too.
Read the published blogs in full here:
- Maxine Peake — http://po.st/DnHyFx
- Jodie Whittaker — http://po.st/JswGYU
- Sister Sledge — http://po.st/B4Rqv7
- Richard Herring- http://po.st/oDnlwe
ActionAid is urging people across the UK to think of others who are less fortunate this Christmas and in particular children living in the world’s poorest and most dangerous countries who are scared, hungry and may not have a future.
ActionAid’s Christmas appeal is aiming to help over 2,700 children who are desperately in need by finding sponsors for them in the UK.
Sponsorship costs just £15 a month and gives the unique experience of connecting with an individual child and their community through regular updates and letters.