Colleagues set to tackle charity mountain challenge

Northumbrian Water colleagues complete last year's challenge.


More than 80 staff, family and friends will represent Northumbrian Water when they climb a selection of trek routes as part of the WaterAid Mountain Challenge.

Which sees more than 500 people tackling the 214 Wainwrights of the Lake District all on the same day.

On the 11 June, more than 100 teams are pulling on their walking boots with the shared goal to bag every one of the Lake District’s famous hills. WaterAid is aiming to have at least two teams of between 4 and 7 walkers on top of every Wainwright – the Lakeland Fells made famous by Alfred Wainwright and his beloved walking guides.

Teams representing Northumbrian Water will tackle routes, ranging from easy to very strenuous, on Binsey, Uldale Fells, Coledale, Blencathra and Newlands. The company has enjoyed a significant role in all WaterAid Mountain Challenges since it′s inception in 1995, helping to raise a total of more than £2m.

Dave Whiteley, who is co-ordinating the event for Northumbrian Water’s Northumbrian WaterAid committee said “It’s fantastic that we have more than 80 people – staff, family and friends – preparing to tackle (Mountain) in aid of WaterAid and its fantastic work across the world. WaterAid tackles some of the harsh realities of life in undeveloped and developing countries, delivering water and sanitation where it is lacking and causing suffering on a daily basis. We are excited to be raising funds in this way, alongside the charity and other supporters, that will help people live better, healthier lives.”

All the money raised from the WaterAid Mountain Challenge will help transform lives in some of the world’s poorest communities with safe water and toilets. 650 million people don’t have access to safe water. Without this basic service, they have no choice but to drink dirty water that could kill them.

In many communities collecting water is a job for girls and women. Around the world, it costs girls 152 million hours, every single day. But when they only need to carry it a few steps from the nearest waterpoint, that time is freed up – giving them the chance to laugh, to play and to go to school. By taking part in the WaterAid Mountain Challenge, Northumbrian Water will be raising much needed money to transform lives in some of the world’s poorest communities.

To support the teams and donate to WaterAid please visit

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For further media information, please contact Paul White on 0191-3015325.


WaterAid’s vision is of a world where everyone has access to safe water and sanitation. The international organisation works in 27 countries across Africa, Asia, Central America and the Pacific Region to transform lives by improving access to safe water, hygiene and sanitation in some of the world’s poorest communities. Since 1981, WaterAid has reached 19.2 million people with safe water and, since 2004, 15.1 million people with sanitation. For more information, visit, follow @wateraidUK on Twitter or visit us on Facebook at

Around 2,000 children die every day from diseases caused by dirty water and poor sanitation.

Over 750 million people in the world live without safe water. This is roughly one in eight 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.

Just £15 can enable one person to access a lasting supply of safe water, improved hygiene and sanitation.

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