Stars in video appeal for Syrian children

A video featuring a host of film stars and musicians has been released to highlight the plight of children caught up in the Syria conflict.

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Farah and McGregor at Buckingham Palace for honours

Mo Farah shakes hands with Alan Jenkins as he arrives for investiture ceremony.
Mo Farah shakes hands with Alan Jenkins as he arrives for investiture ceremony. Credit: John Stillwell /PA Wire

Mo Farah and Ewan McGregor have arrived at Buckingham Palace for today's investiture ceremony.

Ewan McGregor arrives wearing a kilt with his wife Eve Mavrakis.
Ewan McGregor arrives wearing a kilt with his wife Eve Mavrakis. Credit: ITV News

Double Olympic-gold medallist Farah is to receive a CBE, while McGregor will be awarded an OBE.

Farah and McGregor arrive at palace for honours

Olympic gold medallist Mo Farah and actor Ewan McGregor have arrived at Buckingham Palace to receive their honours:

McGregor is to be awarded an OBE.

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Ewan McGregor to collect OBE at Buckingham Palace

Actor Ewan McGregor will also collect the OBE for services to drama and charity today.

Actor, Ewan McGregor
Actor, Ewan McGregor Credit: Press Association

The 42-year-old Scot first found fame after playing heroin addict Mark Renton in director Danny Boyle's 1996 classic Trainspotting. He has since combined huge roles such as Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Was with smaller independent movies. He also works with children charities Unicef and Go Campaign.

Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen in a scene from Star Wars Episode 3 - Revenge of the Sith
Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen in a scene from Star Wars Episode 3 - Revenge of the Sith Credit: Press Association

Mo Farah to receive CBE for services to athletics

Olympic athlete Mo Farah will receive his CBE for services to athletics today. The double gold medallist, who grew up in west London, triumphed in both the 5,000m and 10,000m at last year's London Games.

Mo Farah with his 2 Olympic gold medals
Mo Farah with his 2 Olympic gold medals Credit: Press Association

With his trademark 'Mobot' celebration, the 30-year-old will pick his award up from Buckingham Palace after becoming one of the faces of Britain's golden summer of sport.

Mo Farah celebrates winning the Men's 5,000m Final
Mo Farah celebrates winning the Men's 5,000m Final Credit: Press Association

Ewan McGregor appeals for Syria aid

Hollywood star Ewan McGregor has appealed for emergency funding in war-torn Syria to save children's lives as the UK Government pledged an extra £50 million in aid.

Ewan McGregor has appealed for more funds as Syria faces its coldest temperatures in a decade
Ewan McGregor has appealed for more funds as Syria faces its coldest temperatures in a decade Credit: PA

McGregor, 41, star of Trainspotting and Moulin Rouge!, said: "After months of violence living in fear for their lives, the traumatised families were forced to flee for safety with nothing but their clothes they were wearing.

"But now these children face a new crisis.

"Heavy winter rain has flooded thousands of tents destroying the only place they can call home.

"Children have been facing freezing temperatures and fierce winds with no shelter or blankets.

"They are bitterly cold and frightened."

The Unicef ambassador, spoke out as the UK pledged an additional £50 million to deliver food, medical supplies and care, shelter, safe drinking water and sanitation services to hundreds of thousands of people across Syria and the region hit by their coldest temperatures in a decade.

Read: UK to double Syria aid.

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