Fundraising News: Me and my charity - Liza Goddard

Actress Liza Goddard, known for her roles in popular series such as Take Three Girls and The Brothers, has recently started to help Birmingham-based charity the Children's Liver Disease Foundation. She is also a long-time supporter of animal charities.

Why did you choose the Children's Liver Disease Foundation? The foundation wrote me a letter at the end of November when I was performing in Season's Greetings in Birmingham and asked me if I would back their Christmas appeal.

I read about what it has achieved in recent years and was moved by its dedication to research and supporting families at what must be such a devastating time.

What do you do to support the charity? I had my photograph taken with Carl, a little boy who was born with a rare liver condition, and his family.

Carl is the same age as my granddaughter and has already had to undergo four liver transplants, the latest in April last year. The story was featured in the local papers for the launch of the foundation's Christmas appeal.

I haven't done anything for it since, but I have agreed that I will visit the charity every time I come to Birmingham and help in any way I can.

Do you support other charities? I am president of the Hawk and Owl Trust, a charity that protects birds of prey in their natural habitat. My husband, who is a trustee, introduced me to the trust in the late 1970s. We live in Norfolk, near one of the first reserves to be owned by the trust. We are heavily hands-on on that. People come, do some digging, help out and have a jolly time.

I have also supported Dogs Trust for years, as well as Compassion in World Farming and Barnardo's. I do things like opening fairs and helping with the fundraising for branches in Norfolk. I am quite passionate about animals.

How much money do you give? About £500 a year in cash by direct debit or in response to direct mail, and thousands of pounds in terms of the time we spend for charity. My husband runs a production company but goes to the trust every day to help.

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