26 Mar 2007

Footballer Wins Over Prime Minister

26 March 2007

The childhood dream to be a footballer tops a poll of dream professions in a survey(1) of 1058 children aged 8-15 years old published today by The Children's Society.

When children were asked what they want to be when they grow up; vet, teacher, actor and policeman made the top five dream professions. The most unpopular included, gymnast, farmer and Prime Minister.

Prime Minister’s wife Cherie Blair one of the famous faces who took part in the exhibition wanted to be Prime Minister when she was growing up she said, “When I was 14, I remember telling friends I wanted to be our first female Prime Minister. Mrs Thatcher beat me to it but, by an amazing co-incidence, I did find myself in Downing Street after all....”

Vet was the most popular profession amongst girls followed by teacher. Footballer and vet was the favourite for the boys.

The Children’s Society commissioned the survey to coincide with the opening of ‘When I Grow Up’, a celebrity photographic exhibition which lets you sneak a peak for the first time ever into the childhood dreams of famous faces.

Award winning photographer David Chancellor captures a host of celebrities for this unique exhibition including Cherie Blair, Chris Tarrant, Dame Judi Dench and Beverley Knight MBE.

The celebrity images sit alongside four images of children the charity works with photographed as themselves. The Children’s Society believes that all children should be given the chance to realise their dreams. The When I Grow Up exhibition highlights that everyone has the right to dream, regardless of their background.

The When I Grow Up exhibition is at The Hospital, Covent Garden from 28 March – 10 April 2007.

Notes to Editors:

Media enquiries: Samantha Shaw, The Children’s Society Tel:020 7841 4422 or sxs@childsoc.org.uk

1. TNS OnLineBus Survey of a representative sample of 1058 British children aged 8- 15, conducted 18-25 January 2007

  • The Children's Society is a national charity, driven by the belief that every child deserves a good childhood. We provide vital help and understanding for children who face the greatest danger, discrimination or disadvantage in their lives; children are unable to find the support they need anywhere else. Our network of projects helps 50,000 children and their families each year. Through our pioneering research and influential campaigning, we defend, safeguard and protect the childhood of all children.
  • David Chancellor is an award-winning photographer; in 1989,91,93 he was named Nikon Press Photographer of the Year. He has on commission shooting advertising and editorial reportage and portraiture, for a broad spectrum of clients ranging from Royalty to charities, major corporations to private individuals. www.davidchancellor.com
  • The Hospital, 24 Endell Street, London, WC2H 9HQ Tel: 020 7170 9100 Opening Hours: Monday-Friday: 10am-7pam, Saturday: noon – 6pm, Sunday: Closed