Embrace Child Victims of Crime is thrilled to announced TV personality and investigator Julie Clegg as its new celebrity ambassador.
Julie, currently appearing as an investigator in Channel 4’s Celebrity Hunted, became a police officer after being inspired by her experience as a child victim of crime.
Now working as an international investigator, entrepreneur and author, Julie joins the charity to help raise its profile and generate more funds to help even more child victims of crime across the UK.
“I am absolutely delighted to be part of this amazing charity which works tirelessly to help young victims of serious crime to recover from trauma and fulfil their potential,” said Julie.
“As a police officer, I saw and dealt with some horrendous crimes committed against children and know how vital the right support can be in a victim’s journey towards recovery – and in the family’s ability to come together to cope with the trauma.
“I look forward to working closely with Embrace over the coming months to promote its work and ensure even more children in need of help can access its support.”
Julie is CEO of Human-I Intelligence Services, Inc. – a world leader in online investigations.
Now based in Canada and working around the globe, Julie earned her investigative stripes as an officer, detective and undercover operative in West Yorkshire Police.
She is currently part of the investigative team on Channel 4’s Celebrity Hunted, tracking celebrities including BBC Strictly dancer AJ Pritchard, comedian Dom Joly, Sky news anchor Kay Burley and Love Island TV personalities Chris and Kem, as they use their wits to try to evade capture – raising funds for charity Stand Up to Cancer.
Embrace CEO Anne Campbell said: “Julie’s support for Embrace is warmly welcomed and her personal experience of crime and of the criminal justice system brings a unique insight to the challenges faced by the many thousands of children in the UK whose lives are touched by serious crime, and for whom Embrace exists.
“We look forward to working collaboratively with Julie to give all child victims of crime an even louder voice and access to the help they need whenever they need it.”
The announcement was made as Embrace CvoC celebrated its 25th birthday at a special gala event at the Natural History Museum in London.
Embrace CvoC was established by police officers in Cheshire in 1993 following the terrorist attack in Warrington in which two children died.
It is since gone on to broaden its services, to help more than 20,000 children and their families, offering emotional, practical and cheer-up support.