A campaigner from Esher spoke at Parliament this week about the fight against killer diseases.

Vreni A. Oleram, an Esher resident who previously taught at Esher College, is a trustee of the Esher College Africa Trust, and worked with schools in Zimbabwe to help pay the school fees for children whose parents have died of HIV/AIDS.

She was welcomed to speak at Parliament on Wednesday (May 15) as part of an event organised by anti-poverty group The ONE Campaign to recognise ‘Health Heroes’ who work to improve the health of communities, largely in the Global South, suffering under extreme poverty.

Ms Oleram said it was "an honour" to be invited to speak at the historic location.

"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," she said.

Ms Oleram's MP Dominic Raab also attended the event and praised her contribution.

"I'm proud to be able to introduce Vreni. It’s an amazing example of inspirational and philanthropic work in our constituency.

"Vreni has taken her passion for development and aid, and joined it with her tenacity, to help children in Zimbabwe," the former Brexit secretary said.