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The actress trading Hollywood for helping in parts of Africa stricken by famine

The actress Emma Rigby is best known in the North West for her role in Hollyoaks

Now, she has just got back from Northern Kenya, where she's been seeing how money raised by a famine appeal is being used to help those facing starvation.

She joined Ann O'Connor and Rob Smith in the Granada Reports studio and explained how her trip with the Christian charity CAFOD came about.

St Helens actress takes on World Marathon Challenge

St Helens actress Emma Rigby Credit: Anna Gordon/Save the Children

St Helens actress and former Hollyoaks star Emma Rigby will be taking part in Save The Children's World Marathon Challenge today for World Food Day.

The World Marathon Challenge is for 11-13 year olds all over the world.

More than 20,000 children from over 40 countries will compete against each other in a relay event, aiming to smash the current marathon world record.

Emma will start the race today at Willesden Sports Centre in London and will be appearing alongside double Olympic medallist Christine Ohuruogu.