Thank you!

20.03.2015

To mark World Water Day this Sunday (March 22) kind-hearted folk from across the region are being thanked for helping to save 20,000 lives in some of the worlds poorest communities.

Thank you video from Northumbrian WaterAid https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UPqZniFxZVc

As a result of their support and generosity, Northumbrian Water was able to raise £300,000 for their adopted international charity, WaterAid, in 2014.

WaterAid transforms lives by providing access to clean water, safe sanitation and hygiene education. The charity works in 26 countries in Africa, Asia and the Pacific region. It costs £15.00 to provide these basic human rights to one person for life.

Northumbrian Water held a range of charity events throughout the year and vital funds were also donated by individuals and Northumbrian WaterAid platinum partners including ESH Group, Fastflow Pipeline Services, J N Bentley, Gowland and Dawson, Northumbrian Water and Stonbury.

Northumbrian WaterAid Chairman, Andrew Blakemore, said: “We take top quality water for granted and don’t give a second thought to what happens after we flush the loo. It is not acceptable that in this day and age 1,400 children die every day because they don’t have a toilet or tap.

“The kind-hearted people that have helped us to raise this incredible amount of money have given people hope and a future. They have given children the opportunity to go to school as they’re no longer ill and don’t have to walk for miles every day in searing heat to collect water that will make them sick or kill them and their families. They have empowered and enabled people to start up businesses and, in turn, improve their local communities.

“I thank you all from the bottom of my heart.”

If you want to help save more lives, Northumbrian WaterAid has 70 places available at The Morrisons Great North Run (on Sunday, September 13 2015) for those who applied but weren’t successful.

Places cost £50 and the sponsorship target is £300 which will save 20 lives. Guarantee your place by registering at www.wateraid.org/greatnorthrun.

For further information contact Cara Charlton on 0191 301 6720.

• Around 1,400 children die every day from diseases caused by dirty water and poor sanitation.
• 748 million people in the world live without safe water. This is roughly one in ten of the world′s population.
• 2.5 billion people live without sanitation; this is 39% of the world′s population.
• For every £1 invested in water and sanitation, an average of £4 is returned in increased productivity.
• Every hour, WaterAid helps over 200 people gain access to clean water in some of the world’s poorest communities.
• Get involved locally: WaterAid’s new Big History Project sees historian, Tony Robinson, calling on budding historians to find out about our own history of taps and toilets across the country. Did you know the first sewage system was only built 150 years ago in the UK? Get your history hats on and go to your local library, join your local history group and discover the real people behind a fascinating history that is, quite literally, under your feet. You can download The Big History Project toolkit from: www.wateraid.org/UK/bighistoryproject.

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