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  • ​Ellie mixes with the stars at Comic Relief
  • ​Ellie mixes with the stars at Comic Relief
  • ​Ellie mixes with the stars at Comic Relief
  • ​Ellie mixes with the stars at Comic Relief
  • ​Ellie mixes with the stars at Comic Relief
  • ​Ellie mixes with the stars at Comic Relief
​Ellie mixes with the stars at Comic Relief

​Ellie mixes with the stars at Comic Relief

Since arriving back at Parkside, Ellie has shared her life changing experience with the school and has taken time to inform her peers  how the charity was helping children her age.

Ellie, 12, filmed a report from Kenya for broadcast during Friday’s Comic Relief show.

She was invited to watch rehearsals for the Red Nose Day spectacular but was unable to attend the actual show because she was under 18.

Nevertheless Ellie said they had an amazing time during the afternoon when Love Actually writer and Comic Relief leading light Richard Curtis congratulated Ellie on making a fantastic film.

Ellie said: “The studio was really nice and the people they met were really friendly. Ed Sheeran was a really nice person and very genuine.

“I think my film got the message across and hopefully people donated. It is very important that people realise that their money can change someone’s life.”

During her visit to London Ellie also went on BBC children’s TV show Blue Peter to talk about her experience in Africa.

She said: “I think the Blue Peter film was better as they showed the school that is funded by Comic Relief, and that there is a way out for children like Lynette with our donations.”

Ellie and her mother Cheryl took a nine-hour flight to Kenya then spent 24 hours with a family that works at Nairobi’s Dandora Dumpsite.

They met 12-year-old Lynette and her grandmother Irene, who has worked at the dump herself for 30 years and now looks after seven grandchildren in a tiny house with one bedroom and a table.

Although food was scarce the family were happy and sang songs in the evening, rising at 5.30am the next day to go back to the dump.

Ellie learned that Lynette would love to go to school and how it would keep her safe as she grew older.

Afterwards Ellie visited the Pendekezo Letu School where children from the dump are rehabilitated into formal education.

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