LONDON, United Kingdom — Often famed for the work they do to help raise money and as some of the world’s top earners, celebrities frequently give from their own wealth for issues they are passionate about. These issues often include important things such as poverty, health and wellness, women and children’s rights. These U.K. celebrity humanitarians presented below do not only give back to their communities but consequently donate at a global level for various causes. The following is a list of U.K. celebrity humanitarians that have raised funds, used their own wealth or donated time for humanitarian efforts.
Top 10 U.K. Celebrity Humanitarians
- Being one of the biggest U.K. celebrity humanitarians, Elton John, set up a foundation to fight HIV/AIDS around the world and gave away almost 12 percent of his total wealth in 2016. The Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF), created in 1992, endeavors to stop the destruction the disease causes around the globe and has raised over $125 million to maintain programs in 55 countries through education, prevention and elimination of prejudice along with providing services to people living with the disease.
- Bestselling author, J.K. Rowling, has written a number of books to aid children’s charities and a number of causes supported through Volant, Rowling’s charitable trust. In 2018, Rowling donated more than $10.6 million to issues affecting children across the world. Additionally, Rowling is the founder and president of the international children’s nonprofit organization Lumos that works to end the institutionalization of children globally to ensure all children grow up in a safe and caring environment.
- The U.K.’s most generous footballer, Wayne Rooney, donates largely to charities working with children and young people such as UNICEF and SOS Children’s Villages International. Rooney is ambassador to SOS Children U.K. that is a part of the world’s largest nongovernmental organization focused on children without parental care and families at risk. In 2016, Rooney donated $1.33 million to children’s charities.
- Jamie Oliver and his wife, Jools, have dedicated their time to Food Revolution, an ongoing global campaign to provoke debate and inspire positive change in food consumption through education and training opportunities. Around 41 million children under the age of 5 are overweight, whereas 159 million are malnourished. Healthy food education for adults and children will lessen the risk of diet-related disease.
- Amal and George Clooney focus their humanitarian efforts in sub-Saharan Africa directing their energy to help those suffering from poverty, rape, and torture. As an internationally acclaimed human rights lawyer, activist and author, Amal Clooney is a supporter of Clooney Foundation for Justice, founded by George Clooney, an organization that concentrates on global resources towards ending mass murders around the world. This organization generates lifesaving compassionate assistance and protection for the vulnerable, marginalized and displaced.
- Few U.K. celebrity humanitarians come close to Paul David Hewson, better known for his stage name Bono, with his charisma and unlimited energy when it comes to fighting poverty and hunger. The frontman of world-famous band U2 is constantly in direct contact with world leaders and policymakers striving to make the world a better place. As a leader in the fight against poverty, Bono became involved with charity work in 1979 and helped to create the ONE Campaign, DATA and (RED) that spotlights AIDS/HIV, children, health, poverty, fair trade and human rights, respectively.
- Members of the band Coldplay, particularly Chris Martin, have been on trips with Oxfam to assess conditions in third world countries regarding Oxfam’s Fair Trade policy. Coldplay is a vocal supporter of Amnesty International and Make Poverty History, the largest anti-poverty movement started in 2005. Martin and his bandmates, Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland and Will Champion regularly request that any gifts intended for them go to charity.
- In 1989, Sting and his wife Trudie Styler founded The Rainforest Foundation after they saw the Kayapo Indian’s way of life impacted by the destruction of the Amazon rainforests. The foundation’s first campaign in 1993 resulted in the protection of 27,359 km of indigenous peoples’ land. To date, more than 20 countries have received support from this foundation, thus indigenous and traditional populations of the world’s rainforest have protection for their rainforest homes, rights to land, life and livelihood. In order to manage rainforests and reduce poverty in these areas, signifies recognition of the rights of traditional and indigenous communities.
- Eric Clapton has taken part in numerous charity concerts that revolved around global concerns that included donations toward Tsunami relief, UNICEF, Yele Haiti Foundation, Amnesty International and the Concert for Bangladesh. Auctions of Clapton’s guitars held in 1999 and 2004 raised over $12 million for his Crossroads Centre, a rehabilitation charity based in Antigua and Barbuda that aids people and their families with alcohol, behavioral and drug abuse.
- Malaria No More’s mission is to end deaths caused by malaria in sub-Saharan Africa, where this disease is the number one killer of children under the age of 5 and has affected 216 million people across 91 countries. One of the founding members is David Beckham, who is also a UNICEF Ambassador and has played a crucial role in these charities over the past 10 years, traveling extensively to raise awareness and improve the lives of children.
As individuals with an enormous amount of dedication to their causes, these top 10 U.K. celebrity humanitarians presented above are an inspiration for those who want to continue to pave the way to establish global peace, health and bring an end to global poverty.
– Colette Sherrington