Charlie Webster announced as Special Ambassador!

Charlie Webster announced as Special Ambassador!

13 December 2016

We are delighted to announce broadcaster and malaria survivor, Charlie Webster, as our newest Special Ambassador.

Photo of Charlie Webster

Thirty four year old Charlie fell ill with malaria after cycling to the Rio Olympics in August 2016. The Team GB ambassador had been placed in a coma as doctors battled to work out what had caused her vital organs to collapse following a 3000-mile charity cycle ride. Having initially believed she was suffering from dehydration, she was then diagnosed with a rare strain of malaria. 

Following a month in hospital in Rio, Charlie returned to the UK where she made a remarkable recovery at St James's University Hospital in Leeds. She was able to be treated as an outpatient after only nine days, which was largely down to the physical and mental strength she has previously relied on as an athlete. As well as the Ride to Rio event, Charlie has completed 11 marathons, an Ironman and a 250-mile run over seven days, raising more than £100,000 for charity. 

As a Special Ambassador, Charlie will use her story to inspire support, funds and awareness for our incredible opportunity to end malaria deaths in this lifetime. 

Charlie says: “I got involved in the fight to end malaria because I know first-hand the devastating effect this disease has”.

James Whiting, Executive Director of Malaria No More UK, said; "We're thrilled that Charlie has agreed to be a Special Ambassador for Malaria No More UK. Her passion is infectious and her story jaw-dropping. We’re excited to work with her to spread the word about the devastating effects of malaria - which she has experienced first-hand. Her near death experience allows her to talk with a genuine emotion that can’t help but inspire."

 

Help make malaria no more