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Decanter raise £56,000 in their biggest ever wine auction for WaterAid

Hundreds of cases of wine went under the hammer at Christie's this autumn, as part of Decanter's Water into Wine initiative for WaterAid.

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22 Oct 2014 | UK

This year, Decanter's annual auction of world wines saw a record 121 lots – more than 400 cases of wine – go on offer at Christie’s to raise money for WaterAid.

In total the event, which included both a live and online auction, raised an incredible £56,000 for our work.

The auction marks the ninth year of our partnership with Decanter and their Wine into Water initiative, which has already raised hundreds of thousands of pounds to provide clean water and safe toilets to some of the world's poorest communities.

Every year, the initiative sees Decanter auction any unopened bottles of wine that have been entered into their World Wine Awards, with proceeds going to WaterAid.

Fenny drinks clean water outside of her house with grandchildren Grace, 15, and Euphemia, 12.
Thanks to support from Decanter, communities like Fenny's have access to clean water and the chance of a brighter future.
Photo credit: WaterAid/Mwansa Pintu

“The Christie's sale is a fantastic chance to taste some excellent wines at great value prices, while helping those who need it most,” says Sarah Kemp, Decanter’s publishing director.

She saw first-hand the impact the World Wine Awards have had on individual lives when she visited one of WaterAid’s projects in Zambia.

“One of my strongest memories of the trip was meeting Fenny,” she says. “Six weeks before I arrived, she had lost two of her grandchildren to diarrhoea through dirty water.”

Now, two years on from Sarah’s visit, Decanter’s ongoing support means Fenny’s village has access to safe, clean water – and the difference it’s making to her community couldn’t be greater.

“Now we have a handpump in the village we don’t have to go to the clinic all the time because the water is safe,” Fenny explains.

“Before, the children didn’t have time to go to school because they were either too busy collecting water or didn’t have clean clothes. Now the children look clean and always get to school on time.”

Find out more about our work in Zambia >