Here are some people I think are wonderful. Especially as Christmas approaches, it’s good to know they’re in the world:

Camila Batmanghelidjh, who set up Kids Company, to help disadvantaged children in London. Whenever we write about troubled children, if we had to imagine them meeting the perfect fairy godmother in real life, it would be her.

Maria Chenouweth-Casey, who set up TRAID, the company that makes recyling clothes possible, ethical, environmentally friendly, and fashionable. And makes it look easy. But I bet it wasn’t.

Helen Bamber, who set up the Medical Foundation for Care of Victims of Torture. She does the impossible, living with all those unbearable stories so she can make things better, and has been doing it since she found herself in Bergen-Belsen, aged twenty, working out how on earth to help concentration camp victims. She is, in fact a saint, but according to Wikipedia, she’s an OBE. Go figure.

I write stories about children trying to make the world a better place. These women actually do it on a daily basis. Which is why they are my heroes. (Along with Cheryl Cole and Michelle Obama, obv.)


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