Call The Midwife stars Laura Main and Ella Bruccoleri met workers and families at a charity in East London before the hit TV drama returned.
The actresses who play Shelagh Turner and Sister Frances on the show about midwives working with disadvantaged families in the 1950s and 60s attended a virtual crafting session with staff and families sponsored by a project funded by BBC Children In Need in Bonny was supported by the Downs Community Association in Newham.
They created spring wreaths when they learned how the money raised from the public is helping children and youth in the area during the coronavirus pandemic.
Ella Bruccoleri as sister Frances (Nealstreet Productions / Sophie Mutevelian / BBC / PA)
After the virtual visit, Bruccoleri said, “I loved the project visit. It was amazing to hear families talk firsthand about their stories openly. It is clear that this funding not only supports families, but also helps build and sustain the well-being of an entire community, a family that supports one another through the most difficult times.
It is clear that the Bonny Downs Community Association not only provides families with practical foundations, but also reflects and adjusts to family wellbeing and mental health to best serve them with funding from BBC Children In Need. “
Main added, “It was really moving to hear how much charity means to families, not just as a group but as an individual. It’s the most incredible place. “
Laura Main as Shelagh Turner (Nealstreet Productions / Sophie Mutevelian / BBC / PA)
BBC Children In Need is funding Bonny Downs’ Growing Strong with £ 120,000 over three years to cover staff and equipment costs, a toy bank, legal assistance and the provision of youth and youth services for families Place to cover.
Project Associate Stacey Cordery said, “Funding from BBC Children In Need allowed us to hold virtual activity sessions throughout the curfew. We have provided handicrafts or activity packages with which the children can socialize, feel supported and increase their wellbeing.
“The funding also allows us to provide a vacation club for the kids where they can play games and play outdoors on the charity’s green space, recover from challenges, and enjoy meals throughout the day.”
Call The Midwife’s new series starts on Sunday April 18 at 8 p.m. on BBC One.