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The late Paul O'Grady


As well as helping highlight our work with orphaned children living with HIV in South Africa, Paul championed what we do to support families in the UK.

Paul was one of our longest-standing ambassadors. In 2008, he visited Freestate, South Africa, to see the work we were doing with orphans and children living with HIV. He was stunned by what he saw.

“I often wonder if the money we give to charity ever reaches the destination it’s meant for. But I’ve seen it for myself. It really does,” he said.

"I visited a feeding point funded by local businesses and supported by Save the Children where 2,000 orphans are guaranteed a hot dinner every day.

"I also saw a garden project where families grow food to provide for themselves, and a day care centre for orphans."

Paul supported our work tackling child poverty in Bangladesh. And championed our phenomenally successful 'Knit one, Save one' campaign, encouraging people to knit woolly hats to protect babies around the world from the cold.

More recently, Paul lent his time to our UK child poverty campaign, to raise awareness of the challenges faced by families in deprived parts of the country.

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