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WaterAid receives life-changing sum of £2.5 million raised by players of People’s Postcode Lottery

30 Nov 2016

This autumn, WaterAid has received a staggering £2.5 million raised by players of People’s Postcode Lottery, to support the charity’s life-saving water and sanitation projects across Sub-Saharan Africa.

It can cost just £15 to help provide one person with access to safe water, so this significant amount could potentially transform the lives of more than 160,000 people across some of the world’s poorest communities.

Gold medal-winning Paralympian and WaterAid ambassador Ellie Simmonds visited a WaterAid project in Uganda, and saw first-hand what it’s like to live without access to safe, clean water and toilets, and the difference these basic facilities can make. She said:

“Winning gold in three Paralympics has been an amazing achievement for me, but I couldn’t have done it without having clean water and safe sanitation. Millions of people across the world are not so fortunate. Lacking access to these basic services has a huge impact on their health, education and prospects.

“I’ve seen the huge difference clean water and toilets can make – they really do transform lives. I am so delighted that players of People’s Postcode Lottery are supporting WaterAid and helping to give children in some of the world’s poorest countries the chance to fulfil their dreams.”

Players of People’s Postcode Lottery have supported WaterAid since 2013, with £1.3 million worth of funding already going towards improving access to clean water and sanitation.

Barbara Frost, WaterAid’s Chief Executive, said:

“The invaluable support of players of the People’s Postcode Lottery has had an incredible impact on the lives of people in some of the world’s poorest communities, transforming lives through improved access to clean water and good sanitation. Together, we are working towards a world where everyone everywhere has access to safe water, a decent toilet and good hygiene by 2030. Together, we are working to make the world a better place and to see families thrive.”

One in ten people around the world lack access to clean water while one in three have nowhere safe to go to the toilet. This global crisis claims the lives of 900 children every single day, but it doesn’t have to be this way. Clean water and sanitation are the building blocks out of poverty, helping improve health, education and livelihoods.

Clara Govier, Head of Charities at People’s Postcode Lottery, said:

“We are really proud that our players can support the vital work being carried out by WaterAid. Players of People’s Postcode Lottery are helping people in some of the world’s poorest communities access lifesaving water and toilet facilities.

They are also helping children to stay in school longer and get a better education as they no longer get sick from drinking dirty water, and don’t spend hours going to collect it.

"Spending less time collecting water and having access to more water also means the communities can better support themselves by being able to grow crops to sell or set up their own businesses.

“The money provided by the players is also going towards training and support for local governments to implement water and toilet facilities themselves. We are proud to partner with WaterAid and thank all of our generous players for helping to fund these globally important projects.”

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For more information or to arrange interviews please contact Rosie Stewart, Senior Media Officer, on RosieStewart@wateraid.org or on 0207 793 4943 or Fiona Callister, Global Media Relations Lead, on FionaCallister@wateraid.org or 0207 793 5022. Or call our after-hours press line on 07887 521 552 or email pressoffice@wateraid.org.

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Notes to Editors:

WaterAid

WaterAid’s vision is of a world where everyone has access to safe water and sanitation.  The international organisation works in 37 countries across Africa, Asia, Central America and the Pacific Region to transform lives by improving access to safe water, hygiene and sanitation in some of the world’s poorest communities.  Since 1981, WaterAid has reached 23 million people with safe water and, since 2004, 21 million people with sanitation.  For more information, visit www.wateraid.org, follow @WaterAidUK on Twitter, or visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/wateraid.

  • Around 315,000 children die each year from diarrhoeal diseases caused by dirty water and poor sanitation. That’s almost 900 children each day, or one child every two minutes.
  • Over 650 million people (around one in ten) are without safe water
  • Over 2.3 billion people (around one in three) live without improved sanitation
  • For every £1 invested in water and sanitation, an average of £4 is returned in increased productivity.
  • Just £15 can help provide one person with access to safe water.
  • For details on how individual countries are keeping their promises on water and sanitation, please see our online database, WASHWatch.org

People’s Postcode Lottery

  • People’s Postcode Lottery is a charity lottery. Players play with their postcodes to win cash prizes, while raising money for charities and good causes across Great Britain and globally A minimum of 30% goes directly to charities and players have raised £154.8 Million for good causes across the country 
  • £10 for 10 draws paid monthly in advance with prizes every day. For further prize information visit: www.postcodelottery.co.uk/prizes  
  • Maximum amount a single ticket can win is 10% of the draw revenue to a maximum of £400,000 
  • Players can sign up by Direct Debit, credit card or PayPal online at www.postcodelottery.co.uk, or by calling 0808 10-9-8-7-6-5 
  • Postcode Lottery Limited is regulated by the Gambling Commission under certificate nr 000-000829-N-102511-011 and 000-000829-R-102513-010. Registered office: Titchfield House, 69/85 Tabernacle Street, London, EC2A 4RR 
  • People's Postcode Lottery manages multiple society lotteries promoted by different charities. For details on which society lottery is running each week, visit www.postcodelottery.co.uk/society 
  • This prize was part of the draw promoted by Postcode Dream Trust or Postcode Planet Trust