SOS Children’s supporters all share a commitment to improving the lives of children worldwide and making sure they have a family for life. We are incredibly grateful for their ongoing friendship and support.
Here, some of our supporters explain why they support SOS Children. Sadly, friends such as Nelson Mandela and Lord Richard Attenborough are no longer with us. You can read their stories here.
A talented and versatile actor, Tanya Franks has appeared in several UK TV programmes as well as films.
Tanya says: “The ethos of SOS Children’s Villages to provide a stable loving family and environment to orphans in their own homeland is what makes this charity so incredibly special. I urge you to research them and come on board to support the remarkable children and villages of SOS.”
Kate Humble is well known for presenting programmes like the BBC's Springwatch and the recent Spice Trail. She and her husband Ludo Graham visited the SOS Children's Village Nairobi, Kenya which prompted her to set up the ‘Raise the Roof’ fund: “We took some things that the villagers needed, but we discovered when we got there, that a roof on one of the houses and a water tank had been badly damaged in a storm. Establishing the fund is a practical response to helping a very worthwhile cause.”
Alexander McCall Smith
World famous novelist Alexander McCall Smith, writer of ‘The Number 1 Ladies Detective Agency’ series, has a very special relationship with SOS Children. He visits the SOS Children’s Village in Tlokweng, Botswana regularly, and has even based one of his characters – Mma Potokwane (the matron of the orphan farm) – on one of our SOS staff members!
Every year, Alexander returns to Botswana and never misses the chance to meet with the staff and the children at our Village in Tlokweng. Alexander says: “What impresses me most is that every child gets unconditional love. It is the most extraordinary feeling every time I come here.”
Leading physicist Professor Stephen Hawking has been a supporter of SOS Children for many years and sponsors an SOS Child in Vietnam.
Professor Stephen Hawking says: “In 1997 we visited our SOS daughter in Hanoi, Vietnam and were very impressed by the love and stability given to the children living there.”
Mick Hucknall, lead singer of Simply Red, has been a long-term supporter of SOS Children.
He says: “I support SOS Children because it exists to provide homes, support, education and a chance for a normal life to orphaned children. If you can make a regular donation please consider sponsoring a child, and help to ensure his or her future.”
We are delighted to welcome Georgie Henley, who plays Lucy Pevensie in the Chronicles of Narnia film series, as our latest WOW Ambasassdor. Georgie Henley reprised her Narnia role in the sequels, Prince Caspian and The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.
Georgie says: “I can't imagine not having my family. To not have that support and love would just be so awful. Family is the most important thing in my life. That's why SOS Children is so important to me too. Every child deserves the same support and care that I have.”
Prunella Scales and Timothy West
Veteran actors, Prunella Scales and Timothy West, have supported SOS Children for more than 20 years. Prunella (best known for her role as Basil Fawlty's long-suffering wife Sybil in the British comedy Fawlty Towers) and Timothy (a film, stage and television actor) are loyal in their commitment to helping us make sure more children can be given a family and home.
Prunella Scales says: “The wonderful thing about SOS Children is that it helps with almost every aspect of the children's needs. Yes, it provides them with food and shelter, but it's also there to help with their education and to cope with emotional trauma.”
Karen England and Rebecca Knight, better known as the Operababes, have supported SOS Children since 2005. To date they have been incredibly dedicated in raising awareness of our work, including appearing at Classic Response, a concert held at the Royal Albert Hall in aid of SOS Children which also featured many classical artists including Aled Jones, G4 and Russell Watson.
In 2006, the girls travelled to Sri Lanka to visit our projects. The Operababes say: “SOS Children provides a home in every sense of the word for kids who have lost everything and would otherwise have very little hope.”
Following the success of BBC Two's ‘Equator’ - which charted a 25,000 mile spherical journey around the world, Simon Reeve and his team recently completed a journey along the Tropic of Capricorn, during which they visited SOS Children’s Village Tlokweng, Botswana.
Simon Reeve says: “SOS is a fantastic charity helping huge numbers of vulnerable and orphaned children around the world. I recently visited one of their Children's Villages in Tlokweng, Botswana, and was struck by the warm, friendly, and – perhaps most important – family atmosphere. They deserve our support.”
In 2005, British violinist Craig Owen appeared at Classic Response, a concert held at the Royal Albert Hall in aid of SOS Children. Craig produced his first solo album 'The Romantic Touch' in 2007 and his second album 'The Classical Touch' in 2008. We are very excited to have Craig on board and look forward to seeing him use his talents for the benefit of our children. Craig Owen says: “I'm extremely excited to be supporting such an incredible charity.”
British jazz musician Leee John (well known for forming soul band Imagination in the early 1980s) is one of SOS Children’s most creative and loyal supporters. Leee visited our projects in Cape Town, South Africa in 2005, in order to film a documentary about our projects. He subsequently wrote a book called From Within the Heart about his experiences.
Leee says: “From within my heart I feel the urgent need to help others who are less fortunate than myself in any way I can. SOS Children gives me this opportunity. The work they do inside and outside the charity is a TRUE inspiration.”
London-based musician Mo Brandis grew up in Germany and Swaziland, Southern Africa.
Mo’s parents run an orphanage and a school in Awassa, Ethiopia and he wrote his song ‘Live, Love & Learn’ after visiting the project. Mo used this song to promote SOS Children’s World Orphan Week campaign in 2010.
Mo says “Nobody can change the world alone... but EVERYBODY can make a little contribution to make it a better place”. We’re extremely lucky to have Mo’s energy on board to help us give more children around the world a home and family for life.
Thank you to each and every person who makes our work possible. We are proud to have enjoyed the support of inspirational figures such as Nelson Mandela, who are sadly no longer with us. You can read their stories here, and remember those we all draw inspiration from.