People: Kate Winslet pays energy bills for sick girl

Hollywood star Kate Winslet (47) is helping a family with a seriously ill girl in Scotland in the face of rising energy costs.

People: Kate Winslet pays energy bills for sick girl

Hollywood star Kate Winslet (47) is helping a family with a seriously ill girl in Scotland in the face of rising energy costs. The British actress ("The Reader") donated £17,000 (€19,400) to the fundraiser for 12-year-old Freya, the PA news agency reported on Saturday. The girl from Tillicoultry is blind, unable to communicate and requires 24-hour home care and oxygen.

Mother Carolynne Hunter (49) started the fundraiser just a few days ago. She could not reduce energy use because of Freya, she had justified her initiative. Because of the price increases for electricity and gas, however, she faces a bill for 17,000 pounds for 2023, almost doubling. The donation has already surpassed the £20,000 target. "When I heard about the money I burst into tears," Carolynne Hunter told the BBC.

Later this year, the British broadcaster Channel 4 wants to show the film "I am Ruth", in which Winslet plays alongside her daughter Mia Threapleton (22). The Oscar winner also co-wrote the film, which deals with mentally ill young people in the UK.

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