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Yorkshire Water and WaterAid celebrate 36 year partnership

On Friday 21 July charity WaterAid will celebrate the its birthday and 36 years of partnership with us!

WaterAid was set up by the UK water industry, including Yorkshire Water, in 1981 before becoming an independent charity. Since then we've raised more than £700,000 for WaterAid, £218,000 of that amount in the last year. 

Anne Reed, Lead Adviser of CSR for Yorkshire Water, says: “What an achievement for WaterAid to reach 36! 

“We are proud of the money we have raised for WaterAid but believe that true partnership goes beyond money so have challenged ourselves to go beyond fundraising.

"Using our purchasing power we saved the charity £100,000 off the price of vital equipment needed to bring safe water and sanitation to other countries. 

“And over the past year, our Big Wish programme has involved 842 colleagues and nearly 2,000 hours of volunteer time, raising more than £218,000.

“We have raised more than £731,000 for WaterAid through a series of innovative initiatives, such as an industry-first text to donate number and a donation for every customer who switched to paying their bill by direct debit.” 

Tim Wainwright, Chief Executive of WaterAid, said: “On behalf of everyone at WaterAid I would like to thank Yorkshire Water customers and staff for helping us bring clean water and sanitation to some of the world’s poorest communities and take vital steps towards reaching everyone, everywhere with taps and toilets by 2030.

“Access to water and sanitation not only transforms the lives of local communities; improving health, education and livelihoods and forming the first, essential step in overcoming poverty; it also helps the global economy with £4 returned in productivity for every £1 spent. The amazing support we receive from businesses and individuals is vital as we work towards a fairer world.”

We raise funds for WaterAid through various initiatives, including our ‘Big Wish for Ethiopia’ - an award-winning project which aims to raise £1m and deliver safe water, sanitation to 20 towns in Ethiopia. The project also focuses on hygiene education to those less fortunate, whilst educating customers and influencing stakeholders on the challenges faced by millions. Earlier this year the project scooped a Third Sector Charity award. 

As part of the Big Wish, last month three of our colleagues swapped their normal working life for 10 days on a trip to Ethiopia in support of WaterAid and the work that they do to support local communities.

Anna Murphy from Leeds, David Rose from Guiseley and Henry Dixon from Alwoodley travelled out to Ethiopia to see first-hand the difference that local communities in Ethiopia are seeing thanks to the fund-raising efforts of Yorkshire Water’s partnership with WaterAid.

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