Some of Britain’s best-loved children’s illustrators have joined over 75 UK charities to launch a campaign calling on the government to ‘Crack the Crises’.

Quentin Blake, Lauren Child, Diane Ewen, Jim Field, and Nick Sharratt have called on the UK government to show leadership at the 47th G7 summit of world leaders.

The ‘Wave of Hope’ campaign intends to highlight the biggest issues in the world today from Covid-19, injustice, climate change, and the nature crisis, and urge the G7 world leaders to do something about these crises.

Supporting the call from some of Britain’s leading charities, the renowned artists have created illustrations featuring their most recognisable characters including Clarice Bean, Oi Frog, and Tracy Beaker for people to collect, decorate, and place in their windows.

The ‘Wave of Hope’ illustrations, which feature the famous characters all raising their hands for the campaign, will be available to pick up for free in every Waterstones book shop in the country, as well as in selected charity shops associated with the coalition across the four nations of the UK.

The characters will form part of the ‘Wave of Hope’ campaign, signaling to the leaders of some of the world’s most powerful countries that the people of the UK demand a better, fairer world that works for everyone.

Kirsty McNeill, Executive Director of Policy, Advocacy and Campaigns at Save the Children UK, and spokesperson for Crack the Crises said: “Crack the Crises wants leaders at G7 to commit to delivering vaccines and healthcare for all, fighting poverty and injustice, and ending the climate and nature crises.

This means ensuring the fair distribution of Covid tests, treatments, and vaccines, offering universal health coverage, and adequate pay and protection for healthcare workers. It means empowering people and giving them access to healthy food, clean water, a home, and an education. It means tackling climate change now and putting nature into recovery to build a healthier planet.”

Clarice Bean and Charlie and Lola creator Lauren Child said: “I am very glad to be taking part in the ‘Wave of Hope’.  These issues touch everyone, but above all our children, as what we do now will shape the world, we leave to them.  Their voices urgently need to be heard.  It is, therefore, a great privilege to add Clarice Bean’s support to this campaign.”

Diane Ewen, illustrator of Baroness Floella Benjamin’s Coming to England said: “I was so pleased to be asked to take part in the campaign. I am a great believer in our ability to bring about change when we all come together, and I look forward to seeing the impact of the Wave of Hope.”

Crack the Crises is a coalition of over 75 charities and organisations, ranging from Save the Children and the RSPB to Christian Aid and the Women’s Institute. In total, the coalition represents 12 million people from across the UK.

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