Laura Main appointed as Sentebale Ambassador

On Wednesday 9th December, Sentebale announced to the congregation at the charity’s carol service that BBC Call the Midwife actress Laura Main had been appointed as a Sentebale Ambassador.

Laura Main at Phelisanong Children's Home, 25th November 2016

Laura Main at Phelisanong Children’s Home, 25th November 2016

Laura has been supporting Sentebale since 2013, where she first heard about the Sentebale at the charity Audi Polo day. Over the years, Laura had shown commitment to helping children in Lesotho, from reading at the charity’s inaugural carol service last year, to visiting Lesotho in April 2015 and the Sentebale Hope in Vulnerability Garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in May.

Laura visited Lesotho again in November to catch up with children supported by the charity, and attended the opening of the ‘Mamohato Children’s Centre, a milestone event that highlighted the work of the charity over the past ten years, along with plans for expansion in the near future. Laura also joined us for our annual fundraising polo cup in Cape Town.

Laura Main takes part in the Photography Workshop at the opening of the 'Mamohato Children's Centre, 26th November 2016

Laura Main takes part in the Photography Workshop at the opening of the ‘Mamohato Children’s Centre, 26th November 2016

Laura Main says; “I feel very lucky to have had the opportunity to visit Lesotho twice this year and see for myself the important and vital work Sentebale does for vulnerable children living there. Lesotho is such a beautiful, mountainous country and the welcome from people so warm, I couldn’t help but fall in love with the place. But most of all, it was meeting and playing with the wonderful children Sentebale supports that made it so special. They have so little, and their stories may be heartbreaking, many orphaned because of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. But by giving psychosocial support to children with HIV or providing education for herd boys living remotely in the highlands, the work they do is all encompassing for vulnerable children. Seeing their smiles is so uplifting and proof that Sentebale is making a real difference. I’m so proud to have been asked to be an Ambassador and am excited about taking on an official role with the charity, as it moves forward and hopes to roll out this successful programme to more Southern African counties where there is a need.”

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Laura on her first visit to Lesotho in April 2015

Cathy Ferrier says; “Laura has been such a great supporter of Sentebale and has been out to see the work on the ground. We are very fortunate that Laura has agreed to join our small family and be part of our ambitious plans to support many more vulnerable children in southern Africa in the coming years.”

Last night at St Mary, The Boltons, Laura read to a congregation of over 200 friends and supporters of the charity at the Sentebale Carol Service, kindly supported by Savills. The congregation were treated to singing from Redcliffe School children’s choir, soprano Alicia Lowes and the Basotho Diaspora Choir, along with readings by singer Laura Wright and Sky presenter, Sarah-Jane Mee. Guests enjoyed presents from underneath the Christmas tree, mince pies and a glass or two of mulled wine.

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