Little Mix’s Leigh-Anne Pinnock has shared her thoughts on the band’s trip to Liberia and how important the money raised through Sport Relief is, in helping to transform the lives of extremely vulnerable and disadvantaged people.
During the trip, Leigh-Anne visited a hospital with fellow bandmate Perrie Edwards, and in a film released today they are both deeply shocked and emotional when they see children who are suffering from life threatening conditions from easily preventable diseases.
Reflecting on how the visit to Liberia has affected her perspective on life, Leigh Anne said: “This is completely different to home. If we’re sick we go to a doctor, or we go to hospital and get treated. Whereas here – they don’t know if they are going to survive. I can’t understand what they must be feeling or what they must be going through, to know that they might not see tomorrow, and yet it could be prevented.”
“We worry about the stupidest little things at home – and there is so much going on in the world. I just feel like we take things for granted too much and coming here has been such an eye opener.”
Comic Relief can also announce today that the UK Government will cover the costs of the VAT on the Sport Relief single sales through funding from the Department for International Development, effectively ‘giving back’ the VAT.
Money raised from Sport Relief will be spent helping some of the poorest and most disadvantaged people in the UK and around the world.
For more information please go to sportrelief.com.