If anyone can make people smile during a pandemic, it has to be Geordie duo Ant and Dec.
The couple will certainly do their best on Tuesday to ease the children’s concerns about the coronavirus.
In what will no doubt be a welcome break from the usual routine of home schooling, youngsters will be able to tune in to a virtual school assembly hosted by TV favorites – and another star, comedian David Walliams, will also an appearance.
This will be the second time the I’m A Celebrity presenters have taken part in the NSPCC’s Speak Out Stay Safe program of town hall meetings which normally take place in primary schools – and Ant said they were ‘privileged’ to be invited .
Their previous one, last June, attracted more than 100,000 views on Facebook and YouTube.
This time, the congregation will cover coronavirus-related concerns such as children not being able to see family and friends; changes in their daily routines; experiences new feelings and having to spend more time online.
Ant said: “After what has been an incredibly difficult start to the year for many young people, we feel privileged to once again host the NSPCC’s virtual assembly for children and their families.”
Dec added: “We hope we can remind children that they shouldn’t just take their worries with them – they can always talk to someone they trust if they feel sad, overwhelmed or in danger.”
David Walliams, whose children’s books are huge sellers, will make an appearance at the Newcastle couple’s assembly on Tuesday morning.
The aim of the online assemblies is to help young people stay safe during the pandemic and Janet Hinton, head of school service at the NSPCC, said: ‘The lockdown has upended children’s lives and many are struggling to do in the face of the challenges it posed.
“While our trained Speak Out. Stay Safe staff cannot currently travel to schools, it is essential that every child knows who to turn to if they need help and support.”
The assembly can be on the NSPCC Facebook page from 10 a.m. on February 23. To see here.