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Hugh Dennis visits Myanmar to meet the girl he sponsors

As a long-term supporter of ActionAid, British actor and comedian Hugh Dennis recently visited the five-year-old girl he sponsors in Myanmar. Having been ruled by a repressive military regime for over 50 years, Myanmar, also known as Burma, is one of the least developed countries in the world. Its people are extremely poor: one in four people live below the poverty line and only 50% of children finish primary school. But now that the country has opened its borders, there's hope. Since 2012 we've been one of the few charities helping children through sponsorship in Myanmar. Here, Hugh Dennis shares his experience of meeting the little girl he sponsors and witnessing how his money is helping transform the future of her entire community.

Jenny Collier as a child (with the fringe she regrets)

Originally from the Welsh mountains but based in the Big Smoke since 2010, up-and-coming stand-up comedian Jenny Collier fills us in on what she couldn't live without as a child and what she thought the future would look like.

Maxine Peake as a (rather adorable) child

Maxine Peake is a stage, film and television actress, best-known for iconic shows such as Shameless and Dinnerladies, and most recently The Village. But that wasn't the plan when she was little! In this one-off interview she tells us what she wanted to be when she was grown-up, and why sometimes our dreams about the future don’t turn out how we imagine.

A Christmas message from Sister Sledge

A Christmas message from Sister Sledge

Posted in Blogs 4 years 4 months ago

Sisters Debbie, Joni and Kim from 70s girl group Sister Sledge, best known for 'We are family', talk about what Christmas means to them. Watch the video below to listen to their Christmas message and find out how you can give a child a future.

Richard Herring in his school days

British comedian, writer and podcaster, Richard Herring, shares his take on the best things about childhood and Christmas. Read this exclusive Q & A below and find out how you can help give a future to a child living in poverty.