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British actress Joanna Lumley has become the new ambassador for a UK-based charity that helps disadvantaged children in Nepal.

The Child Welfare Scheme (CWS) is committed to working in partnership with organizations supporting front line work with disadvantaged and vulnerable children, young people and their communities, transforming their lives and providing them with life opportunities and the confidence to succeed.

Lumley is currently visiting Nepal – where she was treated as a hero for her work with the Gurkhas – and hopes to help the charity continue their work in providing healthcare, vocational training and a safe haven for trafficked children in the country.

“I have been inspired by the work that CWS does supporting some of the most disadvantaged and marginalized children in Nepal,” she said. “I hope that my involvement with CWS will help to make a positive difference to their lives and future.”

The charity hopes Lumley’s support will help them raise awareness and cash in the current economic climate.

“Joanna will undoubtedly help to raise our UK profile and boost our fundraising efforts,” said Steve McCall, chief executive of CWS. “I am sure her involvement will help to take us to the next level and enable us to do even more for the thousands of disadvantaged children and their communities that we are trying to help in Nepal.”

More information about the charity can be found here.

Lumley is also due to visit the Gurkha Welfare Trust while she is in Nepal.

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