Cash flows in for water charity

Masquerade WaterAid Ball


A generous fundraising total has been unmasked by Northumbrian Water, following its annual charity ball.

More than £20,000 was raised for the firm′s charity partner, WaterAid, on Friday night by people across the North East. (Friday June 8, 2018).

The total will transform the lives of more than 1,350 people in Madagascar, helping them to access decent toilets of their own and clean water closer to home.

The masquerade-themed evening, which took place at Newcastle Marriott Gosforth Park Hotel, saw more than 200 guests greeted with living statues, stilt walkers and dancers from Ignite Entertainment.

There was also a three-course meal and live music provided by Newcastle-based band, The Pretty Weeds, while a raffle, balloon sales and a silent auction helped to add to the fundraiser totals.

Northumbrian WaterAid Chairman, Andrew Blakemore, said: "Every year, we put a lot of work into ensuring our guests have a fantastic evening and it was great to see everyone enjoying themselves.

"The thing that makes it all worthwhile though, is the money that we raise for WaterAid, and I′m delighted that we′re able to make such a big difference to families in Madagascar.

"We often take for granted just how valuable a sustainable supply of clean water is, but WaterAid helps to give life and better health to millions of people around the world.

"I′d like to say a big thank you to everyone who has supported the ball in one way or another - you are all life savers."

The event was made possible thanks to sponsorship from Northumbrian Water, Newcastle Marriott Gosforth Park Hotel and Retroflo.

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Northumbrian Water Limited supplies 2.7 million customers in the North East with both water and sewerage services, trading as Northumbrian Water, and 1.8 million customers in the South East with water services, trading as Essex & Suffolk Water.

In 2017 Northumbrian Water was named Utility of the Year at the Utility Week Awards, for the second time in four years. The company has followed this up in 2018 by winning the UK Excellence Award at the British Quality Foundation (BQF) UK Excellence Awards, and Water Company of the Year at the Water Industry Achievement Awards. Northumbrian Water also received the Queen’s Award for Enterprise for sustainable development for a second time in 2014, which is accredited for five years. This recognises the company as a business which benefits the environment, society and the economy.

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