09/10/2012

Water workers raise £3,500 for WaterAid

A group of one hundred workers from Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water has used a team building day to raise more than £3,500 for the charity WaterAid.

The workers, from across Wales and Hereford, took part in Welsh Water’s Elan Valley WaterAid staff challenge. Activities included hill walking, orienteering and high rope challenges, and individuals raised money through personal sponsorship. Thirteen teams from across the Welsh Water business competed in the various events and also went head to head to win the top fundraiser trophy.

Every penny raised will now go to Welsh Water’s supported charity, WaterAid, to provide access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene in some of the poorest communities across the world.

The day was topped off with an appearance and presentation to winners by Welsh environmentalist and TV celebrity Iolo Williams, who was filming at the picturesque Elan Valley.

Claire Shaw, catchment administrator from Welsh Water’s Hereford depot took part in the event and said: “The day was a fun way of raising money for such a worthwhile charity. We often take for granted the fact that we have access to clean water and this event brought the shocking facts home to everyone taking part.”

Alun Shurmer, director of communications for Welsh Water, said: “We are committed to raising money for WaterAid and have been supporting the charity for many years. We’re grateful to all those that took part and the money they’ve raised will go some way to helping some of the world’s poorest communities.”

Situated within the Elan Estate in mid-Wales, the Visitor Centre provides a wide variety of information and educational and interactive resources. This includes an audio-visual show and an exhibition detailing the history of the area. The centre is now open all year, except Christmas Day.

Responsibility for protecting the Elan Valley lies with Welsh Water and The Elan Valley Trust, who manage the largest part of the Estate under a long-term lease including the farmland and open hillside. Both organisations promote public access and recreation; provide environmental education services and work together to enhance biodiversity in this special area.

Welsh Water is owned by Glas Cymru and exists to give customers the best possible service while keeping bills as low as possible. Profits are reinvested in the business to deliver further benefits to customers.
To find out more about WaterAid go to www.wateraid.org

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