Your support helps raise £4,997,482 for our Deliver Life appeal

Thanks to incredible people like you and the support of the UK Government, we can reach over 120,000 mums and their families around the world with safe water, so they can give their new arrivals the best possible start in life.

22 Mar 2016

Four months ago we launched our biggest-ever appeal, Deliver Life – and from day one we were overwhelmed by your support.

Across the country, you pulled out all the stops to raise money for remarkable mums and midwives around the globe, to get them the clean water they need to welcome little lives into the world safely.

And your hard work and determination have paid off. We’re thrilled to announce that together, you’ve helped to raise £4,997,482 – with many gifts being matched by the UK Government.

That means we’ll be able to reach over 120,000 mums and their families with safe water, including those at Kiomboi hospital in Tanzania, where this incredible transformation has already taken place:

Every day, you blow us away with the lengths you go to, to raise money for some of the world’s poorest communities. And our Deliver Life appeal was no exception.

An astonishing 481 of you took on our Just Water challenge and ditched all your drinks except water in January, including vlogger George Benson:

George Benson tweets about Just Water.

Meanwhile Riki Geard decided to donate her 40th birthday party to Deliver Life, after reading the stories we collected of mums and their maternity bags around the world, asking friends and family for donations instead of throwing a big bash.

And for Pat Spry, who runs WaterAid’s longest-running local group, Frampton Cottrell, it was a personal experience that helped spur her on, supporting her group to raise over £9,000 for the appeal.

“I well remember the fear of almost losing a very precious baby, even though it was more than thirty years ago now,” she told us.

That baby, who made a full recovery, is Pat’s son Will. He now runs our London local group – who hit a fundraising record of £3,000 in collections for us this winter.

Deliver Life fundraisers Pat Spry and her son Will.
Will (pictured second from left) and his mum Pat (second from right).

Your incredible efforts didn't stop there. The employees of Gama Aviation and their friends and family committed to taking on Mount Kilimanjaro - with £58,000 in fundraising to keep their spirits up along the way.

And the inspiring volunteers who formed our Deliver Life board raised almost half a million pounds, rallying support from senior business figures and companies and hosting a number of events, including a dinner with iconic actress Joanna Lumley and a breakfast with Zanny Minton Beddoes, Editor of the Economist.

Joanna Lumley with members of the Deliver Life board
Joanna Lumley with members of the Deliver Life board and our Chief Executive (left to right: Lord Leigh of Hurley, Joanna Lumley, WaterAid's Chief Executive Barbara Frost, Christiane Wuillamie, Greg Hodkinson and Sandeep Katwala).

A very special thank you also goes to the family of Flight Lieutenant John Vere 'Hoppy' Hopgood. They chose to pay tribute to John, who was a central figure in the legendary ‘Dambusters’ raid during the Second World War, by donating the proceeds from the sale of his medal to WaterAid, raising £25,000 for Deliver Life. 

Gifts that will go twice as far

As with many donations made to Deliver Life before 10 February, all these gifts will be doubled by the UK Government, which means your generosity really will go twice as far.

It’s an utterly inspiring way to have started 2016 – and the journey doesn’t end here. With your support, we won’t stop until every mum and midwife has the clean water they need to deliver life safely, and give every baby the chance of a happy, healthy future.

Meet the first babies born with safe water at Kiomboi hospital >