Exeter is named one of the most generous cities in the UK

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Exeter is one of the most generous cities in the UK, according to international charity ActionAid.

ActionAid has today release figures revealing Exeter to be the ninth most generous city in the UK based on the number of children sponsored across Africa, Asia and South America by local people.

People from the area sponsor more than 170 children - enough children to fill six classrooms.

Sponsorship provides basics like food, shelter, clean water and education for children in the poorest parts of the world.

Fay Ripley, Actor and star of ITV1's Cold Feet, said: "Both my son and daughter have sponsored a girl and a boy in Tanzania for eight years. For the price of a take-away coffee each week we have a real connection to another part of the world that my kids need to feel they belong to.

I'm grateful to ActionAid for the genuinely progressive work they are achieving for people I don't know, but people who need our help. I encourage more people in Exeter to sponsor a child this Christmas to keep them safe from harm and provide the foundations they need to change their lives for good."

Helen Pattinson, Deputy Director of Fundraising at ActionAid said: "At a time when life is financially harder for most of us, the generosity of people in Exeter is inspiring and absolutely vital to support ActionAid's work.

"Whilst we thank all those people in Exeter who are already helping us by sponsoring children, we need more residents of this generous city to spread this kindness and help us support thousands more children to break the cycle of poverty and keep them safe from harm."

To sponsor a child today please visit www.actionaid.org.uk

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