Well-known British actress Helen George was so shocked at the levels of poverty while filming on location outside Cape Town that she has vowed to donate money to help struggling local residents.

George wants to build a childbirth clinic in the small town of Mamre, outside Cape Town, the British Mail on Sunday reported last week.


She spent several hours in the economically depressed West Coast town to shoot an episode of the popular television series ‘Call the Midwife’.

The Mail on Sunday quoted Ingrid Lestrade, the head of the Malmesbury-based Path Out of Poverty group, who said the actress’s visit was akin to being “touched by an angel”.

“Helen was desperate to help us and has pledged to return with other cast members and build us a midwifery clinic,” Lestrade said.

‘She is determined to help raise the £36,000 needed to build it. It’s a 16km walk to the nearest hospital.”

George, 31, plays the part of Trixie Franklin in the BBC1 drama that follows the lives of nurses working in the East End of London in the 1950s.

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