Broadchurch and Marchlands actress Jodie Whittaker has recalled a joyful childhood memory of the campaign saying: “My favourite childhood memory was being tricked by my parents. They told us we were going to Filey for a two week holiday and on the way ‘to Filey’ my dad asked me to get something out of the boot of the car where I discovered suitcases with labels to go to Disneyland in Florida.
“It was very exciting so we were being tricked to the east coast of Yorkshire but really we went all the way to Florida for a holiday.” Jodie thinks everyone has the right to a safe and happy childhood – and so do we.
Many modern-day conflicts last the length of an entire childhood. Children can be psychologically traumatised; many have seen members of their family die and believed they would die too. ActionAid’s child sponsorship programme enables the charity to do vital work in war-affected countries, giving children the basics they need such as water, food and an education.
Throughout the campaign ActionAid are hoping to secure more than 2,200 new UK child sponsors for children in war-affected countries including Afghanistan, Pakistan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia and Sierra Leone
To find out how you can help to create happy memories for children of war visit: www.actionaid.org.uk/child.