Chesterfield’s MP teamed up with youngsters from St Hugh of Lincoln Church to spend a penny for charity.
The Newbold-based church youth group is raising money for Toilet Twinning- an initiative led by Tearfund to pay for toilet facilities in the developing world.
A coffee morning was held at Chesterfield Labour Club, raising over £300 for the charity. A toilet, donated by Buildbase, was also auctioned for £50.
One in three people across the world don’t have somewhere safe to go to the toilet and bad sanitation is one of the planet’s biggest killers. Providing people with clean water and basic hygiene is one of the most cost-effective ways to release people from poverty.
Toilet Twinning involves people in the developed world making a donation to help finance a lavatory in a community where no facility currently exists. For £60, you can twin the toilet in your home or business; you will receive a certificate and picture showing the toilet you have sponsored.
Joseph Lea, 12, of the St Hugh of Lincoln Youth Group, known as SHY, says it is important to support this cause. He said: “Every minute, three children under the age of five die because of dirty water and poor sanitation.
“For a small donation, you can really make a big difference.”
Toby Perkins says he is glad to help the young people from St Hugh’s support this cause.
He said: “For every pound spent sanitation, £8 is returned through saved time, increased productivity and reduced health costs.
“I’ve made a donation to Toilet Twinning so that the facilities at my office can be twinned. I hope other local organisations will get involved too.”
You can find out more about Toilet Twinning here.