Ditch your du­vet for vul­ner­a­ble kids

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EVEN be­fore coro­n­avirus hit, over four mil­lion chil­dren were liv­ing in poverty in the UK.

Now our most vul­ner­a­ble chil­dren and fam­i­lies have reached break­ing point, as the fi­nan­cial and emo­tional im­pact of this hor­ri­ble pan­demic truly hits home.

Ac­tion for Chil­dren – an amaz­ing char­ity I’ve worked with for many years – are de­ter­mined not to let this gen­er­a­tion of lock­down chil­dren be­come a lost one.

I’ve al­ways felt a con­nec­tion with the cause of Ac­tion for Chil­dren be­cause their ex­is­tence has given me hope that our so­ci­ety will not col­lapse in these un­cer­tain times. Play­ing a mum with a dis­abled child in There She Goes has also made the im­por­tance of the sup­port they give to vul­ner­a­ble fam­i­lies hit home even harder. Over the years I’ve been in­volved with the char­ity I’ve seen the amaz­ing work they do ev­ery day to change peo­ple’s lives, and the harsh re­al­ity of this new world we find our­selves in is that now their help is needed more than ever.

Over these past few months their won­der­ful key work­ers have been go­ing above and be­yond to sup­port fam­i­lies who have found them­selves plunged into cri­sis – whether it’s by de­liv­er­ing essen­tials to their doors, keep­ing up vi­tal con­tact with iso­lated fam­i­lies on­line, or car­ing for dis­abled chil­dren who can’t be in their own homes.

They are do­ing all they can but now they need your help. Boy­cott Your Bed to raise money for some of the coun­try’s most vul­ner­a­ble kids.

This Au­gust 21 they – and I – are ask­ing fam­i­lies across the UK to ditch their du­vet, put away their pil­lows and bunk down some­where re­ally ran­dom in their homes or gar­dens. Every­one who signs up will get an exclusive in­vite to a night of in­cred­i­ble vir­tual en­ter­tain­ment and all of this will raise des­per­ately needed money for vul­ner­a­ble chil­dren and their fam­i­lies who are strug­gling ev­ery day to get through this pan­demic.

Please do sign up at www. boy­cotty­ourbed.co.uk and I can’t wait to see you all vir­tu­ally this Au­gust.


AS Bri­tain reels from Covid-19, another pan­demic has also gripped the coun­try – star­va­tion.

Free­dom Of In­for­ma­tion re­quests have forced 50 hospi­tal trusts to ad­mit that 11,515 ‘mal­nour­ished’ or starv­ing chil­dren have been hos­pi­talised since 2015.

So the scan­dal pre­dates Covid-19 and is rooted in Tory aus­ter­ity poli­cies, which have pro­vided a per­fect breed­ing ground for the deadly virus.

The past six months alone has seen 2,483 hospi­tal ad­mis­sions for chil­dren aged un­der 16, equiv­a­lent to 103 a week.

That num­ber is cer­tain to rise along with un­em­ploy­ment, home­less­ness, and ben­e­fit claimants as an eco­nomic slump not seen since the 1930s grips the cap­i­tal­ist world.

The United Na­tions has found a sim­i­lar up­ward curve of star­va­tion prior to Covid-19. Al­most 690m were classed as starv­ing in 2019, up by 10m on 2018, and an in­crease of 60m in the past five years.

The only so­lu­tion to starv­ing chil­dren and adults all over the world is a So­cial­ist trans­for­ma­tion of so­ci­ety to place the world’s pro­duc­tive forces un­der the con­trol of the peo­ple so that need re­places greed as the mo­tive force of the world’s econ­omy.

Cap­i­tal­ism pro­duces star­va­tion in the same way as it pro­duces un­em­ploy­ment, home­less­ness, poverty, crime, and drug and al­co­hol abuse.

The in­abil­ity of cap­i­tal­ist regimes like Bri­tain and the USA to de­ci­sively tackle Covid-19 and save lives is rooted in a sys­tem that is scarred by class di­vi­sions, ram­pant poverty, and pri­vate own­er­ship of es­sen­tial re­sources needed by all.

James Roberts

This pic­ture of the Leeds & Liver­pool Canal at Hal­sall was taken by Robert Yel­land for in­clu­sion in this week’s Scene By You. If you would like to see your pic­tures in our paper, please sub­mit your pho­tos by join­ing our Flickr group at flickr.com/ groups/sceneb yyou

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