Advocate

Charlie does extensive advocacy work around domestic and sexual abuse and is an ambassador for Women’s Aid as well as Malaria No More, after surviving the deadly disease of Malaria. She is also an advisor to the UK's Ministry of Justice as part of the Secretary of State's Victims Panel, giving a voice to victims of sexual and domestic abuse and most recently she heavily influenced the newly announced Victim's Strategy with No 10 in UK policy. In addition she spoke for the Global Fund in Parliament to secure continued international funding in the fight against AIDS, TB and malaria.

She is a strong voice for young people, whether tirelessly working with victim's of abuse as both children and adults or empowering the next generation in Africa implementing behaviour change and education against Malaria. She is also passionate about socioeconomic diversity coming from a low income and education family.

Charlie with Harry Redknapp, football manager

Charlie with Harry Redknapp, football manager

Charlie with Gary Neville, former Manchester United player

Charlie with Gary Neville, former Manchester United player

In 2014, Charlie’s Big Challenge saw Charlie take on the colossal task of running 250 miles through England in just 7 days, to and from 40 football clubs. She wanted to get men talking about abuse so engaged footballer's and football club's in her campaign opening the issue of abuse to an audience it wouldn't necessarily get too. She was recognised in that years’ JustGiving Award for Celebrity Fundraiser of the Year, as well as honoured in Parliament as a Fundraising hero.

Charlie also waived her anonymity and for the first time publicly live on radio told of how she was groomed and sexually abused by her running coach as a teenager. Using her story she created a forum across media to raise awareness around child sexual abuse. The next morning she had received over 4000 emails from people who had had a similar experience to her and continues to be a strong voice and advocate for prevention.

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In 2016 Charlie then took on the epic challenge of cycling 3000 miles from London to Rio which she successfully completed in just 5 weeks but then contracted severe malaria and was hospitalised and put on life support with 24 hours to live, she was in a coma for 2 weeks and against all odds and complete organ failure, she pulled through to spend another 2 months in hospital.

She had to relearn how to walk again, work through hemorrhaging which caused temporary loss of vision and speech problems and battle for her kidneys to work independently again. Doctors in both Brazil where she was originally hospitalised and the UK have both described her survival and recovery as a miracle.

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