We remember Sir Christopher Chataway | ActionAid UK

We remember Sir Christopher Chataway

Jane Moyo

Head of Media Relations

Today we remember the life of a great man and send our deepest sympathy to his family. Chris Chataway was truly remarkable – an athletic world record holder, the first BBC sports personality of the year, the first ITN newsreader, a Conservative MP, government minister and a highly successful businessman. What an incredible career.

Sir Christopher Chataway (centre), his wife Carola and son Adam on their way to Vicky's Water Project in Ethiopia.
Sir Christopher Chataway (centre), his wife Carola and son Adam on their way to Vicky's Water Project in Ethiopia.

Yet as well as those achievements, Chris was highly committed to international development and was a longstanding ActionAid Trustee – first as Treasurer and then as Chair. He was associated with ActionAid over many years and always remained interested and supportive.

Chris Chataway and ActionAid

More recently, Chris was closely involved with ActionAid through Vicky’s Water Project in Ethiopia.

Vicky’s Water Project was set up by Chris’ son Adam, following the tragic death of Adam’s fiancé whilst cycling to work. Adam, his family and friends helped raise over £600,000 – a quite amazing achievement — to bring clean water to communities around Lera Town.

Members of the Chataway family — including Chris, his wife Carola, Vicky’s parents and Adam -  travelled to Ethiopia for the inauguration of the project. They were very moved by their reception in Lera Town and the achievements of the project – especially the incredible engagement and support of over 5,000 community volunteers.

ActionAid is built on the hard work and vision of people such as Chris and we remain profoundly grateful to them. They have helped transform the lives of millions and their work continues to bear fruit around the world. What a wonderful legacy.

To find out more about Chris Chataway’s life and career, read either of his obituaries in the Times (£) or the Guardian.