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WaterAid ambassadors

We enjoy the support of a variety of TV and sporting celebrities, a few are listed below. Please contact the Media Team for more information.

Hugh Bonneville

Hugh Bonneville

Actor Hugh Bonneville is best known for his roles as Robert Crawley in popular drama Downton Abbey and in award-winning comedy Twenty Twelve.

In 2015, Hugh visited rural India to see how clean, safe water and toilets can transform a community, their education and their health. "Clean, safe water and good sanitation improve health, education and livelihoods; it’s a simple equation," says Hugh.

Hugh was instrumental in supporting our Deliver Life appeal, which will allow us to reach thousands of mums and their families around the world with safe water.

Nadiya Hussain

Nadiya Hussain

Nadiya is a baker, columnist and author who won the popular BBC show The Great British Bake Off in 2015. Nadiya's parents are from Bangladesh, and on childhood visits to the country she saw first-hand the impact of living without access to clean water and decent toilets.

Nadiya supported our Deliver Life appeal, helping us to reach over 120,000 mums and their families around the world with safe water. She's also supporting our Healthy Start campaign, which focuses on improving the health and nutrition of newborn babies and children.

"As the mother of three young children, I find it unacceptable the nearly 900 children a day die from diseases caused by dirty water and poor sanitation," says Nadiya. "As a WaterAid ambassador, I look forward to helping to make a positive, lasting difference to the lives of families, especially children, around the world."

Rachel Stevens

Rachel Stevens

Rachel began her career as a member of the award winning pop group, S Club 7.  With two Brit Awards, Record Of The Year, 14 million sales, and various number one releases and charity singles, the band split in 2003.

Rachel embarked on a solo career and recorded two albums. In 2009 she joined the cast of Strictly Come Dancing where she held the record for the most perfect 10s ever achieved in any series of the show. The same year she got married and, in 2010, gave birth to their first child, Amelie.

In 2012 Rachel became WaterAid's first celebrity ambassador. She recently visited our work in Ethiopia, meeting families who currently do not have clean water, and saw first-hand the impact this has on communities.

Dougray Scott

Dougray Scott

Actor Dougray Scott has starred in many TV programmes and films including Ripley’s Game, Enigma and My Week With Marilyn. After appearing in one of our fundraising campaigns on UK TV, we are delighted that Dougray has joined us as a WaterAid ambassador.

"We can only imagine not having clean water to drink, but for one in ten of the world’s population that is their everyday reality," he says.

"Clean water and safe toilets are a basic human right; without them communities cannot be healthy and progress in life, children miss out on an education and people are too sick to go to work.

"That's why I'm supporting WaterAid. As their ambassador I hope to help them transform lives around the world with clean water and safe toilets."

WaterAid YouTube ambassador, vlogger George Benson.

George Benson

Our first YouTube ambassador, George Benson is a vlogger and gamer whose videos generate more than eight million views a month. In 2016, he took part in our Just Water challenge, inspiring his huge network of loyal followers to join him in dropping all drinks apart from water for a month.

Announcing our collaboration, George said: “I've been fortunate to travel to incredible places making my videos but something that absolutely blows my mind is that around the world one in ten people don't have access to clean water – and one in three people don't even have access to a toilet.”

Throughout 2016, the vlogger will be sharing the incredible work we're undertaking together, rallying his followers to join us on our journey.
 

Ellie Simmons

Ellie Simmonds

Ellie Simmonds OBE is a four-time Paralympic champion and currently holds ten world records.

Ellie started swimming when she was five years old. She went on to win her first medal at 13, and at the 2012 Paralympics she achieved a fantastic haul of four medals, two of them gold.

Ellie visited WaterAid’s work in Uganda on a visit with Sport Relief, which funds an urban slum project there. She was so inspired by the people she met that she wanted to do more.

“Visiting WaterAid’s work in the slums of Kampala was a truly eye-opening experience for me. As an athlete, I have travelled the world for sports events, but I have never experienced anything like this before.

“I am delighted to support WaterAid as an ambassador and help them bring safe water and sanitation to more people around the world, transforming their lives forever.”

Cyrille and Julia Regis

Cyrille Regis

Cyrille Regis MBE was born in 1958 in French Guiana and moved to the UK with his family in 1962. He enjoyed a 19-year professional football career playing for top-flight clubs such as West Bromwich Albion, Coventry City and Aston Villa.

Cyrille and his wife Julia are committed Christians and have supported WaterAid since 2007. They have visited Ethiopia to visit water projects and see our work first hand.

Cyrille now works as a sports agent, dividing his time between sports and motivational talks to young people and churches. Julia is Managing Director of her own training and development company and is also a speaker for WaterAid. Together, Cyrille and Julia are passionate supporters of our mission.

Friends of WaterAid

Other celebrities showing their support for WaterAid.

Ringo Starr

Ringo Starr, legendary drummer of the Beatles, has supported WaterAid for a number of years through his Lotus Foundation.

In 2011 he designed a boot to raise money for WaterAid through a charity auction arranged by clothing company Timberland. There were 75 boots auctioned and they raised nearly $20,000 for WaterAid. Watch the short film here to find out more.

In 2012 Ringo and his wife, Barbara Bach, officially opened the WaterAid garden at RHS Chelsea Flower show.

JLS

JLS

JLS band members, Oritsé, Marvin, JB and Aston, visited Uganda to film the work that Sport Relief funds. While in the slums in Kampala they visited a project supported by WaterAid. Here, they met families affected by sickness caused by a lack of safe water and sanitation.

They said: "We visited the slums of Kampala for Sport Relief 2012 and met people who have no clean water or place to go to the toilet, just buckets or plastic bags that are dumped in the street, where the children play. We were inspired by WaterAid who will use money raised by Sport Relief to supply clean drinking water and working toilets in the children's schools."

Christine Bleakley

In 2012 television presenter Christine Bleakley visited Uganda to film the work that Sport Relief funds.

She met children who had previously been affected by lack of access to clean water and sickness from diarrhoea, but now thanks to Sport Relief funds the children have new toilet blocks and access to clean water.

She said, "I visited a school in the slums of Kampala for Sport Relief 2012 and saw for myself the difference something as simple as a toilet can make to children's lives. I was inspired by WaterAid, who are using the funds raised by Sport Relief to supply working toilets and drinking water for the children in the school."

Watch a short video message that Christine made for WaterAid when she visited the school in Kampala, or read more about this in our newsroom here.

Helen Lederer

Helen Lederer

Helen Lederer is a British comedian, writer and actress who emerged during the alternative comedy boom at the beginning of the 80s. 

Helen established a stand-up act at the Comedy Store in London and then appeared in episodes of The Young Ones, Bottom, Naked Video and Absolutely Fabulous. She has also starred in family film Horrid Henry: The Movie in 2011. 

Helen also presents lifestyle and children's programmes and guest writes columns for a variety of newspapers and magazines.