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Holly and Nick Candy raise awareness for disabled children

26 JUNE 2013

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Holly Valance has been married to property tycoon, Nick Candy, for less than a year, and now the singer and TV host reveals that the couple are not only keen to start a family, but would also consider adopting a disabled child.

"We're leaving pregnancy to fate," she says in an exclusive interview with HELLO!. "I'm from a big family and would like lots of kids - but they don't necessarily all have to be ours."

The actress, 30, who competed in the BBC series, Strictly Come Dancing, and is currently a judge on the new TLC reality show, Ultimate Shopper, decided this after becoming an ambassador for Disability Rights International - the organisation battling for human rights for people with disabilities all over the world.

 

Holly Valance and Nick Candy

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"When I see these kids, it feels as if an elephant is sitting on my chest," she says, referring to the heart-wrenching sight of children locked in rooms, tied to cots and left to deteriorate in soulless institutions.

"I don't have a child and that feeling will only get worse when I become a mother. So I'd definitely consider bringing one or more of these children home, although I don't even know if it's possible yet."

Holly, who raises awareness of the plight of disabled children through a film on her website, hosted her first event for DRI last week at an elegant dinner called 'Summer in the City,' held at her panoramic apartment overlooking London's Hyde Park.

The Duchess of York was among the 70 distinguished guests. Holly described the Duchess as an "extremely compassionate woman"

 

Holly Valance and Nick Candy



Holly's husband, Nick Candy, who she met in 2009 is her right-hand man in her work for DRI, which is a testament to their happy marriage.

 

Holly and Nick



"Being married to Nick has brought me peace of mind," says Holly. "Even if we have an argument, I feel secure in the knowledge that we'll get over it. There's none of that fear of ‘is this the end?' that you get when you're dating.

"Last night, we turned to each other and smiled, 'I guess we're stuck together.' And I want to be stuck, in the nicest possible way. With Nick I feel as if I've grown up."

Read the full interview with Holly in issue 1283 of HELLO! magazine, out now. For more information on the charity, visit www.disabilityrightsintl.org

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