St Helens actress Emma Rigby has been appointed as an ambassador of the leading UK aid agency, Cafod.
The actress who rose to fame as Hannah Ashworth in Hollyoaks and, has also appeared in several BBC programmes including Prisoner’s Wives, recently participated in The Climate Coalition’s ‘Show the Love’ film and photo campaign – her first project in the new charity role.
A lifelong Catholic and self-confessed “proud Northerner”, Emma from St Helens, attended a local Catholic secondary school. However, it is only recently Emma has publicly reaffirmed her Catholic faith.
Coming from one of the country’s most deprived areas in the country, Emma witnessed the devastating impact poverty can have on a community; and it is this early experience, combined with her faith, which has inspired Emma to work on behalf of the world’s poorest people with CAFOD.
Emma said: “I am delighted to become an ambassador for Cafod.
“My Catholic faith is a huge, important part of my life, so it is brilliant to be able to collaborate with a charity that has the same values.
“Cafod works in over 40 countries, with some of the world’s poorest people, bringing hope and seeking local solutions to end poverty and injustice.
“I find this incredibly inspiring and can’t wait to work to put my faith into action and give something back.”
Emma, who recently relocated to the UK from America, has been working on a number of exciting new projects including upcoming film, ‘American Violence’, with Denise Richards and Bruce Dern to be released in the US this month.
Jen Corlew, CAFOD’s communications director, said: “We are so pleased to welcome Emma as our newest ambassador. Talented, articulate and passionate about putting her faith into action, Emma is an excellent fit for CAFOD.
“We look forward to working with her more closely in the future, raising awareness of and positively impacting the lives of some of the world’s poorest communities.”