Famous faces have recreated their favourite memories from childhood to support ActionAid’s campaign to rebuild the lives of children in conflict.

And Huddersfield-born actress Jodie Whittaker has come up with a delightful holiday memory from her childhood.

It is part of a campaign to give suffering youngsters in war-torn parts of the world a chance to enjoy childhood.

The Broadchurch star, who was brought up in Skelmanthorpe, is now an ActionAid ambassador, and remembers a stunning surprise.

She said: “My favourite childhood memory was being tricked by my parents.

“They told us we were going to Filey for a two-week holiday and on the way ‘to Filey’ my dad asked me to get something out of the boot of the car.

“There I discovered suitcases with labels to go to Disneyland in Florida.

“It was very exciting. We thought we going to the east coast of Yorkshire but really we went all the way to Florida for a holiday.”

Jodie Whittaker swapped Filey for Florida (below)
Jodie Whittaker swapped Filey for Florida (below)
 

The campaign has shown that most people in Yorkshire lead the nation in naming holidays as the most fun childhood memory but the most important is friends and family.

Other celebrity ambassadors for the charity, who featured in a behind the scenes video, also came up with their best childhood memories.

TV presenter Yvette Fielding remembered a special Christmas present,  actress Olivia Colman reminisced about going crabbing with her family, while Sugababe Heidi Range remembers playing dress-up as a little one.

ActionAid’s child sponsorship programme enables the charity to do vital work in war-affected countries, giving children the basics they need, such as water, food and an education. In short, the campaign is about giving children back their childhood.

 

ActionAid’s Head of Supporter Growth, Amie Ibrahimi-Brown, said: “While we, in richer countries, tend to have fun memories of our childhoods, we know this is often not the case for children affected by war.

“ActionAid’s childhood sponsorship programme costs as little as 50p a day to supporters and can make a huge difference to these children.

“We already have lots of support in the UK and we’re so thankful for it, but we’re hoping even more people will help our work to rebuild lives and create lasting happy memories for children living in conflict.”