Two young environmentalists, Miranda and William Herrington-Young (aged 8) had their dream of meeting their idol Sir David Attenborough come true yesterday, Thursday 14 June 2018.
The twins, from Leytonstone, have taken part in a sponsored ‘scootathlon’ for four years to raise urgent funds for World Land Trust. They have raised over £900 to date, which has supported World Land Trust’s Action Fund, providing immediate funds for some of the most urgent conservation projects.
Donations from Miranda and William have helped projects such as vital reforestation in Bolivia, fighting wildfires in a protected reserve in Armenia’s Caucasian mountains and protecting key habitats for wildlife in Brazil.
Meeting their hero
Ahead of their latest scootathlon challenge, which involves a running race, scooter race and bicycle race, on 7 July World Land Trust invited the dedicated fundraisers to meet Sir David at the Trust’s annual general meeting, held yesterday in Richmond.
“Miranda and William have done annual scootathlons for World Land Trust since they were five years old,” said Dr Eldrid Herrington, the twins’ mother. “Miranda wanted to do a fundraising event and William wanted to support an organisation protecting wildlife. We were looking for a charity that Sir David Attenborough supported because they have watched his natural history programmes all their lives and trust him to recommend superb conservation work.”
“We found out that Sir David is a patron of World Land Trust and we all loved that they buy land in order to ensure animals are protected for generations and that the conservation is run and developed by local communities who understand and are committed to their own local area.”
Dan Bradbury, Director of Communication and Development at World Land Trust said: “We’re delighted that Miranda and William have had the chance to meet their conservation hero and Sir David was very happy to meet them and congratulate them on their fundraising efforts. We are grateful that the twins and their family have chosen to support World Land Trust for several years and that they want to take an active role to help us save land and save species in some of the most threatened habitats around the world.”