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Melanie C as a girl with her mum and her brother at Christmas.

Singer, songwriter, actress and former Spice Girl Melanie C has had an amazing career spanning two decades. With the Spice Girls she toured the world and sold over 100 million records, and as a solo artist, a further 12 million. Melanie spoke to us exclusively about Christmas and her hopes for 2016.

Swimming superstar Ellie Simmonds OBE tells us about what she’s looking forward to most this Christmas.

Four-time Paralympic swimming champion Ellie Simmonds OBE currently holds an impressive ten world records. She won her first Paralympic medal aged just 13 and received an MBE at 14! We think she's pretty awesome and a fantastic role model for children the world over. We're thrilled that she's supporting our Christmas appeal to help protect vulnerable homeless children around the world. 

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.

Finlay holds up his letter to Santa.

Writing a letter to Santa is one of the most exciting parts of Christmas for any child. But this year, rather than writing a long list of toys and sweets, one five-year-old decided to write something rather different.... 

Lina supports refugee mums in our mother and baby centres.

On the front line of the refugee crisis

Posted in Blogs 3 years 8 months ago

When ActionAid’s emergency response team called, seeking Arabic-speaking women to help refugees in Lesvos, I knew I had to go. I am Palestinian and we know what it means to have to abandon your home.  My best friend is a refugee and I felt a connection, so I was instantly motivated to help. I had prepared myself for what I might see, but no one could prepare me for the scale and intensity of the tragedy.

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.