There are people starving in the UK today. And yes, says comedian and actor Aisling Bea, we should be able to rely on our government to fix that. But since they aren’t stepping up, let’s help the people in our communities who are.
“Queues of people are in dire need of food for their kids, or themselves, or their families,” she says. “There’s a charity called FoodCycle and they posted a voicemail on their Instagram yesterday from this woman saying ‘I haven’t eaten for three days. I’m starving and I just don’t know what to do. Can you help me?’ That’s in modern Britain.
“It’s just so demoralising that has been left to the people… but if it is up to people, then let’s just do it.”
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“Let’s just do it” is the driving mantra behind Bea’s Christmas food drive – an exceptionally starry bit of grassroots action. Over the last couple of weeks she’s been ringing round her famous friends, rallying the troops to act as ‘Reverse Santas’. They’ll all be rocking up to The Bill Murray comedy club in London, inviting locals and comedy fans from all over to bring in donations for Hackney Food Bank Warehouse.
From 2-7pm on Wednesday, December 21, the writer and star of This Way Up will be posing for festive selfies and joining in games at the altruistic party. She’ll be joined by a host of award-winning comedians, TV presenters and actors from the likes of Derry Girls, The Lost Daughter, Game of Thrones, Fleabag, This Is Going To Hurt, Big Boys, Doctor Who, Taskmaster, QI and Strictly.