Wednesday 24 May 2017

Kylie backs charity on red carpet

Kylie Minogue arrives for the UK premiere of The Kid
Kylie Minogue arrives for the UK premiere of The Kid

Kylie Minogue has described how lucky she felt to have had a happy childhood as she attended the premiere of a film about an abused boy.

The pop princess, an NSPCC ambassador, attended the premiere of The Kid in London's West End to support the charity.

"I have been one of their ambassadors - a very proud one - since 2003," the Australian singer, who was wearing a feather-adorned black dress, told BBC London News.

"The work they do is incredible, in comparison to some of the stories they deal with I feel like I fell from heaven with the childhood I had.

"I will give any help that I can to raise awareness - especially for the NSPCC helpline - that is just so important for people to know about."

The film, which has a 15 certificate, is based on the book by Kevin Lewis about his childhood experiences of being bullied at school, and beaten and starved by his parents.

A NSPCC spokesman said: "The NSPCC believes The Kid is a compelling, emotional and ultimately uplifting film that shows how a child with the right help can triumph over abuse, and go on to have a happy, fulfilled life.

"The charity hopes that every adult who watches the film understands how vital it is to speak up if they are worried about a child.

"Any teenagers who see the film and are affected by issues around it can call ChildLine immediately on 0800 1111."

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