Game of Thrones star creates video in support of charity fundraiser

Game of Thrones star Rose Leslie has created a video for an annual fundraising event.
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Rose Leslie

The Scottish actress, who played Ygritte in the fantasy series, urged people to support charity Children 1st’s Banchory Bangle raffle.

Perthshire artist and engraver Malcolm Appleby designed the Banchory Bangle, which is raffled annually by the charity’s Deeside Committee.

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The fundraiser has raised more than £160,000 for the children’s charity since it began in 1977.

It will be held as a virtual event this year due to coronavirus.

Previously, raffle tickets for the bangle have been sold through local Deeside shops but with coronavirus measures leading to closures of many stores, the Children 1st Deeside Committee decided to sell tickets online and by email.

The charity works with families across Scotland to protect children from harm and help them recover from trauma and abuse.

Leslie, who is expecting her first child with husband and fellow Game of Thrones star Kit Harington, said “now more than ever” vulnerable children and families across the country need support.

In a video for the charity, the actress said: “Every penny raised goes to Children 1st, who do incredible work with children, families and communities across Scotland.

“Now more than ever they need our help.

“If you can, please buy some online raffle tickets and support children and families this year.”

Nicky Bradford, from the Children 1st Deeside Committee, hopes it can raise more money with Leslie’s support.

She said: “We are incredibly grateful to Rose. This is an amazing opportunity to win an iconic piece of jewellery and support Scotland’s children and families.