Special projects In 2003, Wessex Water introduced a staff development scheme, Business4Life, which takes a group of 12 Wessex Water and contractor employees on a fundraising journey over the course of 12 months. The team are given management training in a variety of areas including marketing, finance, presentation skills, project management and negotiation skills. They then put these skills into practice by creating a ‘virtual company’. In 2014/15, the scheme raised more than £54,500 for WaterAid. In 2008 Wessex Water introduced a new initiative, Wessex for West Africa, which sees contractors and suppliers take part in fundraising activities within their own organisations, with all funds raised going to countries in West Africa. Read how Wessex Water supported us last year Download a copy of their impact report (PDF) > Fun and fundraising for WaterAid Wessex Water, together with partners and staff involved in the Wessex for West Africa initiative run a regular programme of fundraising activities and events including an annual Golf Day, biennial Race Night and several running events such as the Bath Half Marathon and the Bleadon 10K.