WaterAid Northumbria raises more than £1,000


North East residents joined thousands of others across the UK to dance for water on Saturday, as part of WaterAid’s Big National Ceilidh.

Two events, which took place at Whitburn Cricket Club, South Tyneside, and Glanton Memorial Hall, near Alnwick, raised more than £1,000 for WaterAid, a charity that works in 26 countries throughout Africa, Asia and the Pacific Region, helping some of the world’s poorest people gain access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene.

The ceilidhs were two of 70 that took place around the country on Saturday October 15 2011. To unify all the ceilidhs, at 10pm everyone danced the Circassian Circle – one of the simplest, best-loved and most inclusive of dances – to the tune of “Jamie Allen”.

Chair of WaterAid Northumbria and one of the ceilidh organisers, Northumbrian Water’s John Mowbray, said: “The events were a huge success, with more than 100 people giving generously. The amount raised will help to save more than 65 lives in the developing world, by giving people a lasting supply of safe water, sanitation and hygiene.”

Thanks go to Professor Paul Younger of Newcastle University and his band, Redeswire, who provided the entertainment at Whitburn, and Penny Dot ceilidh band, who played the Glanton event.

To find out more, or to get involved with WaterAid’s Big National Ceilidh, visit www.wateraid.org/ceilidh or call 020 7793 4594.

For more information contact Leanne Clough on 0191 301 6733.

For information on WaterAid visit www.wateraid.org

For WaterAid images call 020 7793 2245 or email pressoffice@wateraid.org

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