Eddie Izzard

UNICEF UK Ambassador

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British actor and comedian Eddie Izzard was born in Yemen and this has been a particular focus of her support since 2011.

In 2020, as part of her fundraising marathon challenge where she ran 28 marathons in 28 European countries, Eddie visited UNICEF UK’s supply division warehouse in Copenhagen – the largest humanitarian warehouse in the world.

Over the course of her marathon’s, Eddie raised £25,000 for UNICEF UK’s important work with refugee and migrant children in Turkey.

In January 2021, Eddie ran again – this time, running 31 marathons & performing 31 stand up gigs, in 31 countries (virtually), in 31 days… without ever leaving London. Eddie also was also joined by a number of UNICEF UK staff and supporters, for more information click  here

In 2019, as part of her #MakeHumanityGreatAgain marathon challenge, Eddie visited UNICEF UK's Supply Division Warehouse in Copenhagen.

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In 2017 Eddie travelled to Nepal to see how the donations you made after two earthquakes struck the country in 2015, are continuing to have a positive impact. She visited one of the 650 schools that have been rebuilt thanks to UNICEF UK and learnt how teachers are being trained to prepare them for another disaster.

She also visited a shelter for trafficked women and children where he learnt how trafficking increases in emergencies like this. UNICEF UK prevented cases of trafficking through border interventions then provided support to help these children rebuild their lives through education, training and psychological support.

Watch: Eddie Izzard visits Nepal to see the impact of donations made after the earthquake

Maya* was just 14 when the devastating earthquake of 2015 hit, destroying her family home and severely disabling her father. Traffickers tried to exploit her vulnerability and take her to India, but she was intercepted at the border and taken to the rescue centre where she has lived for over a year. Maya* now receives training and does gardening for which she receives a monthly wage. With the support of the project, Maya* can now feel safe, secure, and rebuild her life. Following the devastating earthquakes of 2015, families, homes and livelihoods were destroyed and as a result Nepal saw a rise in young women and girls being trafficked and exploited. Unicef and partners worked closely with the police and government to intercept traffickers at borders and raise awareness within vulnerable communities to intercept and rescue women and children at risk of or who have suffered exploitation. Kathmandu, Nepal. 19th February 2017 © UNICEF/ Matas
Thanks to your donations, UNICEF UK has continued to work tirelessly to tackle this issue and others to create lasting, positive impact

So if you are ever wondering whether the money you donate for emergencies like these really does make a difference and go to something good, the answer is a resounding yes.

Eddie Izzard, UNICEF UK Ambassador

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In July 2015, Eddie travelled to Djibouti to meet child refugees who have fled the devastating war in Yemen, the country of her birth.

On her visit, she met seven-year-old Jawaher and her family who braved the perilous boat journey across the Red Sea from Yemen to Djibouti.

“The harrowing stories for Yemenis, particularly those from Aden, the city of my birth, will stay with me forever,” said Eddie. “I have a responsibility to highlight the crisis to the world, and I hope I can persuade the UK public to heal the 10 million Yemeni children that are in danger right now.”

In 2013 she travelled to Iraq to report on the Syrian refugee crisis. She visited children and families living in the Domiz refugee camp and spoke out about the dangers that faced children there. We are one of the few agencies working inside Syria, as well as being there for refugee families in the surrounding countries like Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and Egypt, reaching children and families with essential supplies including health, nutrition, water, sanitation and hygiene, education, and child protection.

Eddie continues to support our campaigning and fundraising work for children in danger around the world.

Watch: Eddie talks to Jawaher and her brother Ziad.

Watch: In our We Are Family film Eddie, alongside other supporters, personally reflects what makes family relationships so special.

Eddie also supported our Family Reunion Campaign to put pressure on the UK Government to change the rules that allow refugee children to reunite with their close family already living in the UK.

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