05 September 2017

Lemn Sissay MBE presents our BBC Radio 4 Charity Appeal

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The writer and actor Lemn Sissay will present our BBC Radio 4 Charity Appeal on Sunday October 1st at 7:54am and 9:26pm, and again on Thursday October 5th at 3:27pm.

Lemn, who is Chancellor of the university of Manchester, grew up in state care in the UK in the 1970s.  As a poet, writer and playwright, much of his work in adulthood has told the story of his search for his birth parents.

Born to a young Ethiopian woman who wanted him temporarily fostered while she completed her studies, Lemn was with a family until he was 12. He would spend the next five years in a number of children’s institutions in the UK where he began to write. On leaving care at 17, he self-published his first book of poetry while on the dole. Several poetry collections, plays and programmes for radio and TV followed and his work has taken him around the world. He was the first poet to be commissioned to write for the 2012 London Olympics and his success has also brought him two doctorates and an MBE for services to literature.

“I know what it means to grow up without the love and protection of a family, so I’m thrilled to present Hope and Homes for Children’s BBC Radio 4 Charity Appeal,” said Lemn, who presented a TED Talk about his childhood in 2011 (entitled Child of the State).

“I hope the broadcast will raise plenty of funds and awareness for the eight million children growing up in the silence within orphanages across the world today.”

Every pound donated to our BBC Radio 4 Charity Appeal will be matched by the UK Government as part of the UK Aid Match scheme. This means together we can reach over 120,000 children across Rwanda and Uganda who are currently confined to orphanages, or who are at risk of being separated from their families.

For more information about our BBC Radio 4 Charity Appeal follow @Hopeandhomes on Twitter or visit our Facebook page.

You can tune in to our appeal on 92-95 FM, or listen online at bbc.co.uk/radio4.