Charlie Webster

Campaigns & charities

I am a passionate and outspoken women’s rights campaigner, specifically on sexual and domestic abuse. My running enables me to raise money for women’s issues, and I set up my own social project to help youths by teaching them to run.

I am a passionate and outspoken women’s rights campaigner, specifically on sexual and domestic abuse. As well as being an ambassador for Women's Aid and Centrepoint, I act as an advisor on the Government's Ministry of Justice panel working to change policy in order to support victims.

I've written a variety of articles for the Independent, the Sun, Glamour and Huffington Post, for example:

One of the most fascinating projects I've done lately was interviewing the political leaders of the 5 main parties in the UK, including Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband, on a project for Cosmopolitan. By meeting the parties, I wanted to make sure that educating young people effectively about respect and identity, therefore giving them the tools to make informed and safe decisions, was high on each of their agendas. I also really wanted to encourage young females to vote and make politics accessible.

I have appeared on numerous panel shows discussing social and political matters. Together with talk show host Trisha Goddard, we discussed domestic violence on a BBC This Week discussion following the 2013 assault on Nigella Lawson by her husband. This is such a prevalent issue.

As a life-long supporter of Sheffield United football club, in 2014 I campaigned against the return of footballer Ched Evans, a convicted rapist. In fact I resigned as patron live on BBC's Newsnight when the club invited Evans back to train. Prior to my resignation, I discussed on BBC’s This Week‘s panel my concerns. Evans is a role model for the next generation of young men and influences their currently forming opinions about women and sex. I then made a short film for BBC’s This Week asking the question ‘How do you rehabilitate someone who believes he has done nothing wrong?’ and calling for education on sexual consent.

I am also an indefatigable fundraiser in the area of women’s rights. I combined two of my passions, running and football, by running 250 miles in 7 days between 40 football clubs in 2014 in Charlie’s Big Challenge, to raise funds and awareness for national domestic violence charity Women’s Aid. On BBC 5Live, I waived my anonymity to talk about my abuse and why I was doing this charity challenge run.

My fundraising efforts have been recognised:

  • As result of my unique initiative, which raised over £100k for Women’s Aid, I was honoured in Parliament with a fundraising hero award in 2014.
  • I was shortlisted for the 2014 Celebrity Fundraiser of the year award.
  • I won the 2014 Running Awards runner’s challenge.

I am continuing to raise money with my running: in 2015 I will be running the Silverstone Half Marathon and the London Marathon for Centrepoint, and tackling on my first Iron Man in July.

I've also been more hands-on with helping others. Running for a Life is a small project I set up to train 12 deprived and disengaged youths from Brixton in London to run. After 3 months, starting from zero, they all completed a 48-hour endurance challenge that I set up. Six months later they ran the Royal Parks Half Marathon, led by me. Running engaged them, giving them a sense of achievement, focus and self-esteem, as well as the opportunity to learn about health and diet. All these incredible young adults are now in full-time education or employment.

I produced a film, which was aired on Sky Sports to showcase how sport can change lives.

I am now looking to set up a national city kids triathlon series to inspire families to get moving, encourage exercise habits and develop self-esteem in Britain's kids.