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Nonagenarians raise £30k for animal charity

Virginia McKenna and Will Travers join couple at end of Heath walking challenge

17 July, 2020 — By Richard Osley

Martin and Angela Humphery on the Heath with the Born Free team, including actress Virginia McKenna

A HUSBAND and wife team – both aged 90 – raised more than £30,000 for a charity fighting animal cruelty by completing an extraordinary two-month walking challenge on Hampstead Heath.

Martin and Angela Humphery, who live in Willoughby Road, Hampstead, covered 160 miles over – a feat aimed at raising funds for Born Free’s campaign to shut down live animal markets.

On the final day of the walk last week, Born Free’s founders, the actress Virginia McKenna and her son Will Travers, made a surprise visit to congratulate them.

“I can truly say we walked every single day, rain or shine,” said Angela. “Virginia stressed not only how cruel these markets are but by crowding and slaughtering different species together we are heading for yet another pandemic.”

Prospect Capital were one of the biggest sponsors with £10,000 but the couple also thanked celebrities Ricky Gervais, Gaby Roslin and Miranda Hart for their support. The money will be used to lobby the World Health Organisation and individual governments to stop the wildlife trade.

Ms McKenna said: “Angela and Martin have been supporters of Born Free from the earliest days and we are simply thrilled at the amazing level of support their walk has generated for the charity. The fact that Martin had heart surgery less than a year ago is even more inspiring. Will and I did not want to miss this opportunity to join them to thank them in person – from a safe distance – and celebrate the completion of their challenge.”

She added: “The funds will help greatly toward our ongoing campaign to ban wildlife markets around the world.  The coronavirus pandemic, and its devastating impact on the lives of people and the global economy, has brought home once more the immense risks that commercial-scale consumption of wild animals poses to human society. The warning signs have been there for years, but we have failed to learn from past mistakes. We cannot afford to do so again.”

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