Today, we feature a remarkable Virgin Money London Marathon runner. In just over a week’s time, Humphrey will run his 20th London Marathon, each time raising money for the charity WaterAid. What makes Humphrey special, is that he is a camel, and because he is a camel – and is a little shy – his friend Geoff tells us his story.
Humphrey was born in 1994 to perform in a Thames Water charity pantomime of Aladdin. He was an instant hit, but the stage simply could not contain him so to give his legs the stretch that such a mighty animal needs, he took to running marathons. He was instantly hooked and now loves racing Rhinos, as well as all his 2 legged friends, in the Virgin Money London Marathon.
He has run 19 London Marathons for WaterAid and is running his 20th on the 24th April 2016. He is hoping to raise £4000, and this year the money will be put towards much needed water projects in Malawi.
Humphrey will also have his Sheikh running alongside to guide him through the streets of London and keep him on his target race pace – he is easily distracted! Humphrey has also been spotted climbing Welsh mountains, walking the coastal path, cycling his tandem… Doing the normal things a good, active camel should be doing – all in the name of this great charity.
Thames Water and Water Aid
Between 2011 to 2015 Thames Water supported four small towns in Bangladesh on which to focus their efforts and fundraising – a first in the water industry. Thames Water raised an incredible £2.14 million and delivering lasting change. Building on the success of Thames4Bangladesh, Thames Water have launched their newest campaign to transform lives in two towns in Malawi – the world’s poorest country, where 10 million people don’t have a safe and clean place to go to the toilet.
Over the next four years Thames Water will be working with WaterAid to transform people’s lives in Malawi, known as the Warm Heart of Africa. We’ll do this together by raising £2m over four years to improve sanitation, provide safe water and educate people in two key towns and also by supporting WaterAid to raise water, sanitation and hygiene at the highest level in Malawi and to make change happen for everyone across the country. Thames Water will also be using the expertise of our people to help the water company responsible for the two towns, solve technical issues on the ground.
How you can help
You can support Humphrey on his 20th London Marathon by donating to his Virgin Money Giving page and if you’re in London on 24 April, don’t forget to keep an eye out for this remarkable camel on the course. You can also watch this video from Thames Water about the work they’re doing.