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Laura Wright supports ActionAid's Christmas Appeal and reminds us that Christmas is a time for giving, and a time for caring.

Almost a decade after winning BBC Radio 2’s Chorister of the Year Award, 25-year-old Laura Wright is a leading figure for the fusion of music and sport and is a regular at major sporting events, including the Rugby World Cup 2015. In support of our Homeless at Christmas Appeal, Laura has taken time out to share her reflections on the year and give us a message of hope for children who will be having a particularly hard time this Christmas.

Two-year-old girl Reihaneh at ActionAid's mother and baby centre in Lesvos, where we're helping homeless refugees

She was the TV award-winning villain we loved to hate as Kirsty in Coronation Street, wowed us with her nimble moves on Strictly Come Dancing, and she's blowing our socks off as the physically and mentally tough Bella in Jekyll and Hyde.We’re big fans of the way Natalie Gumede has made a name for herself playing strong, complex female characters on our TV screens. Now we love Natalie even more, because she’s supporting our Christmas appeal to help protect homeless children all over the world. In this exclusive interview Natalie tells us about her own childhood hopes and dreams, reveals some pet (social media) hates and worries, drops some hints about her future plans and talks movingly about the human rights crisis that’s unfolding on Europe’s shores.

Emilia listens to students reading at the Annaso school in Girar Jarso community, Ethiopia.

ActionAid ambassador, actress Emilia Fox travelled to Ethiopia, where over a quarter of the population live below the poverty line. Her diary highlights how helping women and children in extreme poverty helps to change their lives.

Watch James Purefoy's video message and donate to support ActionAid's Nepal Emergency Appeal

When ActionAid supporter and actor James Purefoy heard about the two devastating earthquakes that struck Nepal, he immediately donated to our Nepal Emergency Appeal, and then he took time out of his busy filming schedule to record this special video message.

Hugh Dennis cycling in Myanmar with the girl he sponsors through ActionAid

As a long-term supporter of ActionAid, British actor and comedian Hugh Dennis talks to us about his love of cycling and why you should get involved in the RideLondon-Surrey 100 cycling challenge this August. Because of the devastating earthquake that hit Nepal at the weekend, we need your support more than ever.

Mark plays the drums on a trip to see how our work is helping change lives in Senegal

Award-winning English comedian and ActionAid supporter, Mark Watson, shares his reflections on childhood, the best and worst things about Christmas, and how becoming a father spurred him to sponsor a child with ActionAid.