Mel Giedroyc, 53, says the situation in Ukraine has destabilized her after revealing that her father was a refugee when he was a child.
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Mel Giedroyc, whose father was a refugee when he was 10 years old, broke down in tears after meeting with Ukrainian mothers and children.
The TV presenter lost her temper after she expressed guilt about returning home safely when so many families had been torn apart.
Mel took to the stage of ITV’s Concert for Ukraine and shared her father’s home loss experience.
She said: “The situation in Ukraine affected me very strongly because my father was a refugee about 80 odd years ago, when he was 10 years old.
“He was forced out of the house with his mother and two sisters and they face a very very dangerous future – that is clearly what we are seeing every day when we see the news. , as if history were repeating itself.”
She went to the Ukrainian-Romanian boarding house to talk with parents and children.
The former Bake Off host says many of the young men she talks to will be around the same age as her father when he fled his country.
“The strange thing is that it took me about six hours to get here, three hours on the plane and a few hours in the car – and here we are.
“It’s like another planet. And I feel weird because I’m going back to my cozy home and my family,” overcome with emotion, she turned away from the camera.
“And a lot of the people we’ve met today, they don’t know when they’ll be home. It must be a really horrible feeling.
“What a brutal it is, it’s brutal.”
After the two-hour performance, held at Birmingham’s Resorts World Arena, the appeal had already raised more than £12 million.
The event donated 100% to the Disaster Emergency Committee’s humanitarian appeal.
Famous faces took to the stage and urged viewers to donate as much as possible to help those in need in Ukraine.
Tom Odell performed “Another Love”, which became popular in Ukraine after he went to Romania to sing for refugees.
He sat behind the keyboard at Bucharest North Train Station as refugees passed on their way to safety.
Emeli Sande, Ed Sheeran, Camila Cabello and Nile Rodgers were also among the artists who took to the stage.
After performing Coldplay’s Fix You, Camila said: “We’re all praying tonight for the peace and safety of the Ukrainian people.”
She then introduced Ed for the first live performance of their new track 2022 Bam Bam.
Special guest appearances included Ukraine’s Eurovision 2016 winner Jamala, who sang “1984” hauntingly as she held up her country’s flag.
Broadcasting legend Trevor McDonald expressed gratitude to members of the press covering the conflict.
“We’re here tonight because of the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Ukraine,” he said.
“The reason we know so much about it is because of the daily reports we read in the press, watch online and watch on our TV screens.
Vyacheslav Prokofyev / TASS)
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Robert Rinder, who is known to many as Judge Rinder, has traveled to the Ukrainian border to help the grandparents of his serious dance partner Oksana Platero.
“If you want to know where your money is going, just look behind me,” he said, gesturing toward a hall filled with makeshift beds.
“The kids panicked. Blanket. Sleeping bag. This could be you. This is all ours”.
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https://www.mirror.co.uk/tv/tv-news/mel-giedroyc-who-sobbed-meeting-26588593 Mel Giedroyc, who sobs as she meets Ukrainian families, says her father was a refugee at the age of 10