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Celebs back Unicef campaign for child support

Words by Blyth Brentnall

Celebrities have added their names to a public letter calling for essential health and social care for all children in the UK.

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Tennis player Andy Murray, actor David Harewood and singer Rita Ora have added their name to the Unicef UK letter. It calls for basic service provisions for struggling families, including maternity care, mental health support, affordable childcare and support for parents of children with special educational needs.

The signatories totalled almost 50,000 and included other celebrities such as actors Olivia Colman and Ewan McGregor, and the TV presenter, Cat Deeley. They were joined by charities including the NSPCC, Save the Children UK and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.

“Every child deserves a bright future, but as families recover from the impacts of the pandemic and face unprecedented rises in the cost of living, this future is under threat,” said Unicef UK’s chief executive, Jon Sparkes.

Charity check-in 

At Smiley Movement, we like to elevate the work of charities across the world. Here are three charities whose causes align with the themes in this article.

UNICEF. A UN organisation working towards a world where every child can have a childhood. Learn how to support them here.

Oxfam. The global charity tackling poverty and inequality, offering support to those living through crisis. Find out more here.

Save The Children. They are a charity tackling issues such as famine and weather-related disasters faced by children around the world. Learn more here.

This article aligns with the UN SDG Good Health and Wellbeing.

This article aligns with the following UN SDGs