Anthea Turner knows how lucky she is to be able to spend a cosy Christmas at home with fiancé Mark Armstrong – while others are less fortunate.
So the TV veteran is backing the Mirror’s campaign to raise money for Action for Children to make sure every child can have a cracking yuletide.
Anthea told how she cannot wait for her special day with Mark, their first Christmas together.
But the 59-year-old added: “I’d encourage everyone to give a donation to a charity.
“Action for Children is a charity where your money is well spent and you know that your money is going to the right place.”
And Anthea believes people are “reining back” the spending at Christmas, because they are seeing the “gluttony” of the festive period while many are going without.
She added: “Gifting needs to be a little more circumspect. It’s all getting a bit silly.” Anthea and Mark got engaged in September, five months after they met at a private members club in March.
She said: “Mark and I are spending Christmas together on our own, which will be really nice.
“It’s our first Christmas together, so that makes it extra special. The tree is up and decorated. But of course, Soho my six-year-old French bulldog will also be there with a bone from my butcher to chew on.”
Anthea and Mark are set to tie the knot in 2020. She said: “It’s very exciting. There’s no date set.”
It will be the third time the former Blue Peter host has married.
She wed Radio 1 DJ Peter Powell in 1990 and businessman, Grant Bovey 10 years later.
The pair split in 2015 after he cheated. But She still remains close to his three daughters, Lily, Amelia, and Claudia.
Anthea has raised money for Action for Children by sleeping on the street on their annual Byte Night. She also launched the charity’s first 1869 Shop to mark its 150th anniversary.
You can be a real help
The Daily Mirror is raising funds for Action for Children, so it can buy Christmas gifts for some of the UK’s most vulnerable children and offer festive meals to hard-up families.
Action for Children says there are more than 120,000 kids living in temporary accommodation or hostels, with many under-10s without basic essentials such as fresh food or warm clothing.
So every penny you donate to our Give Kids a Cracking Christmas appeal will make a difference.
Action for Children is marking its 150th anniversary and the charity’s Julie Bentley said: “Your donation will help us support our most vulnerable children, not just at Christmas but every day.”
What your cash could provide
£10 – a hot meal for a child
£10 – a trip to the panto
£25 – winter shoes
£25 – kids’ Christmas present
£40 – essentials for newborns
£40 – winter clothing
£60 – a safe place to sleep
- Send a cheque payable to Action for Children to Daily Mirror Christmas Appeal, One Canada Square, Canary Wharf, London E14 5AP
- Text MIRRTEN to 70175 to donate £10 to Action for Children, MIRRFIVE to 70175 to give £5 or MIRRTHREE to 70175 to donate £3. Action for Children will receive 100% of your donation.
- To donate but opt-out to all future communications, text MIRRTEN NO or MIRRFIVE NO or MIRRTHREE NO to 70175.
- By phone: To make a donation, call 0300 123 2112
- Online: Donate or buy a virtual gift online at www.iamsanta.org.uk/mirror