A Richmond campaigner delivered a message to Parliament about the importance of the international fight against killer diseases this week.

Michael Deriaz addressed MPs and fellow campaigners about his work supporting people living in the world’s poorest countries.

Wednesday's event was organised by anti-poverty group The ONE Campaign to recognise ‘Health Heroes’ from across the UK for their work boosting the health of people living in extreme poverty.

Michael Deriaz said: “It was an honour to speak in Parliament about the importance of health for people who have less than us, and how important it is that the UK continues to take a leading role.

“I really believe in the importance of helping anybody who doesn’t have access to essential health care, wherever they are in the world.”

Michael spoke about his work setting up Friends of Kipkelion, which works to improve living conditions in the Kipkelion District of Kenya and other marginalised communities in East Africa, primarily through the provision of clean water, sanitary facilities and basic healthcare and health education.

Zac Goldsmith, MP for Richmond, said: “It is fantastic that Michael was invited to Parliament to speak about the amazing work he and colleagues do to help others less fortunate. The support provided by the UK is a source of real pride for our country and long may it continue.”