Dame Esther has campaigned tirelessly for children's rights for more than 30 years.
Having first found fame as the presenter of That's Life! - the BBC's long-running consumer programme -
she went on to set up ChildLine, the first
24-hour confidential helpline for children.
After it was merged with the NSPCC she went on to serve as the charity's trustee and continues to work for childrens welfare.