Olivia Colman CBE backs HOPE campaign

Olivia Colman CBE backs HOPE campaign

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HOPE UK is delighted to announce that award-winning actress Olivia Colman is backing our 25th anniversary campaign.

Olivia - who appeared in the likes of Netflix hit The Crown for which she won a Golden Globe and Emmy for her representation of Queen Elizabeth II – has supported HOPE for a number of years and visited Kolkata in 2018 as part of BBC series Who Do You Think You Are?

While filming the show, Olivia discovered that her great-great-great grandmother Harriot was born in a remote Indian village and travelled by ship from Kolkata to England in 1811.

Commenting on her support for HOPE, Olivia said: “For many children living on the streets and in the slums of Kolkata, life is an immense struggle. They lack access to the necessities of life such as food, clean water and access to healthcare. Many start work from a young age to provide for themselves or their families, and therefore don’t enjoy a normal childhood or their right to education.

“This is why the work of The Hope Foundation for Street Children is so necessary – the organisation is restoring basic human rights to some of India’s most disadvantaged communities to create sustainable change. I am proud to support HOPE’s 25th Anniversary Campaign, and I encourage you all to do so too.”

Olivia is the latest celebrity to speak out in support of HOPE. Last month, HOPE was delighted to announce Jeremy Irons as the organisation's special ambassador for the anniversary year, along with Saltburn actress Alison Oliver as a new ambassador

If you would like to support HOPE during this important year in our history, sign up to walk 10k steps per day as part of the Footsteps for HOPE challenge.

100% of funds raised will go towards education programmes for street-connected children.

Image credit: Chris Baker
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