Christina Noble

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Christina Noble, OBE, is an Irish children's rights campaigner, charity worker and writer, who founded the Christina Noble Children's Foundation in 1989.

Noble was born on 23 December 1944, in Dublin, Ireland.[1] Her mother died when she was ten, and she was sent to an orphanage, and dishonestly told that her three siblings were dead.[1] She escaped and lived rough in Dublin, where she was gang-raped.[1] Her baby son was adopted, against her will.[1] She married and had three more children, but was the victim of domestic abuse.[1]

She visited Vietnam to care for abused children after a recurring dream, during the Vietnam War, about them appealing for her help.[1] This led to her creating the Christina Noble Children's Foundation.[1]

She appeared as a "castaway" on the BBC Radio programme Desert Island Discs on 15 June 1997,[2] and, despite being Irish, was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE).[1][3]

There is a film about her, titled Noble, released 8 May 2015.



  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Christina Noble". Women's Museum of Ireland. Retrieved 20 August 2014. 
  2. ^ "Desert Island Discs - Castaway : Christina Noble". BBC Online. BBC. Retrieved 18 August 2014. 
  3. ^ O'Neill, Luke (1 August 2011). "Christina Noble to mark 10th year of charity". Irish Echo. Retrieved 20 August 2014.