TAKING part in Strictly Come Dancing alongside my role in Casualty has made this winter even busier than normal for me.
I’ve had a blast, but I’m looking forward to spending quality time with my family.
Seeing the joy on our loved ones’ faces makes Christmas truly special and I can’t imagine celebrating without seeing my son’s smile.
However, many people are denied these memorable sights because they have become needlessly blind.
I am an ambassador of Sightsavers, the charity that works to prevent and cure blindness in developing countries.
Sightsavers has pledged to make A Million Miracles happen in some of the world’s poorest countries and your readers have the chance to make a real difference to someone’s life this Christmas.
A cataract operation takes around 10 minutes and only costs Sightsavers £30.
With the UK government doubling all donations made until the end of the year, for just £15 readers can give a blind person back their sight.
In other words, for the price of a string of fairy lights or a box of Christmas crackers, someone who’s been living in darkness could get an amazing present and see their family’s faces once again.
I have been supporting Sightsavers for many years and have witnessed the incredible impact of their work first hand in India.
It is life-changing.
So with this in mind, I would urge readers to please help Sightsavers perform a Christmas miracle by donating £15, or whatever they can, and give the gift of sight at www.millionmiracles.org.