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Celebrities back War Child appeal


Campaign offers supporters the chance to bid on unique rewards.

Celebrities have given their backing to a new campaign seeking to raise £300,000 to support children whose lives have been devastated by conflict.

The appeal, from War Child, offers supporters the chance to bid on “truly unique” rewards while funding the charity’s vital work around the globe.

This could include include brunch with Carey Mulligan, a Royal Tea Party with Helena Bonham-Carter and Vanessa Kirby, both of whom have played Princess Margaret in The Crown, signed guitars from Marcus Mumford and Ed Sheeran, or a private video call with Louis Tomlinson or Jamie Dornan.

Duran Duran, Coldplay, The 1975, Anthony Burrill and Johnny Flynn are among the other famous faces who have donated to the campaign, with others to be unveiled up to the end of the appeal on 1 September.

All donations will go to helping families in crisis zones who are more at risk than ever from child labour and recruitment into armed groups, as well as the life-threatening dangers of coronavirus.

Carey Mulligan, global ambassador for War Child UK, said: “Working with War Child for over six years has shown me not just the hardships that children in war-torn countries face every day, but the amazing resilience they hold in times of devastation.

“With Covid-19 causing restrictions on the aid we can bring, War Child’s emergency Coronavirus Crowdfunder is essential in bringing resources to children in conflict zones who are facing this new and deadly threat.”

Rob Williams, CEO of War Child UK, added: “The impact of coronavirus has been felt around the world, but in the communities where War Child works this is an emergency which could yet prove to be the world’s most deadly humanitarian disaster.

“With the incredible support of the creative industries, War Child has worked to help children affected by war for 27 years and at this time of crisis I’m truly humbled by the generosity of our supporters to do what they can to help.

“As we are beginning to beat the virus in the UK it is crucial to support vulnerable children whose futures hang in the balance and the funds raised from this campaign will help us ensure we can reach as many children as possible to provide the support they so urgently need.”



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rhianna cassidy
6 months ago
children are being affected by the wars going on in our worlds, as we do not have this struggle it is up to us to help them.
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Eden Gray
6 months ago
this is such a great cause. i cant wait to see where this money is going and hope that lives will be changed because of it. xx