The Sheffield local group – set up in May 2011 – is made up of local residents, university students and Yorkshire Water staff.

"We can't believe that we have achieved so much in such a short time," says group coordinator Richard Parsons. "In less than two years we have raised awareness about WaterAid through local events and forging links with politicians, community groups and companies. It has been a challenging but exhilarating time and we are learning all the time from our experiences."

The group has held a ceilidh raising over £800, a music evening called 'Sound waves' raising over £400, and, most recently, an art exhibition – WaterPrint – on World Toilet Day last year.

But it's not all about fundraising activities. The group has forged links with local MPs, including Nick Clegg. Richard says "We were impressed that we received such a warm welcome and enlisted his support for WaterAid's WaterWorks campaign and for the local group's work."

Strong local support has also come from Paul Blomfield, MP for Sheffield Central Constituency. He has attended a number of events, and has raised money for WaterAid as a result of the Sheffield group's influence. 

Jan Beautyman, who organised WaterPrint, said, "Paul Blomfield generously gave his time to launch our WaterPrint exhibition, and referred in his speech to the vital work of WaterAid and the benefits for the charity, artists and the local community. The exhibition raised over £2,000 for WaterAid, a tremendous result for all concerned."

Group members have also organised their own events: Laura Rook (pictured) did a sponsored cycle ride from John O'Groats to Lands End, and another ran the Sheffield half marathon.

Thank you!

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