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Royal recogition for our dedicated supporters

Five dedicated supporters were awarded our highest honour and presented with a certificate signed by WaterAid's President, HRH The Prince of Wales, at our Annual Supporters Meeting on 11 October 2013.

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16 Oct 2013 | UK

The President's Award recognises exceptional contribution towards, and ongoing support for, WaterAid's work to improve access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene in some of the world's poorest communities. 

Dave Elliott, Director of Environment and Assets at Wessex Water, has been involved with WaterAid for 21 years. He set up Wessex Water's highly successful Business4Life – a training scheme that gives young professionals the opportunity to develop their management skills and raise money for WaterAid. He also spearheaded the formation of the Wessex for West Africa initiative in 2008, which sees contractors, consultants and suppliers help to raise money during a one year period by fundraising within their organisations. 

He said: "I am thrilled and honoured to be awarded this recognition. I can't help but think that it is those communities who survive without access to safe water and sanitation that are the real heroes. It is an honour that we have the opportunity to make such a fundamental difference to their lives through the essential work that WaterAid do, and they do it so effectively." 

Frank Lawson, a semi-retired water engineer, has supported for WaterAid for many years, particularly from his Africa visit in 2004. At that point, Frank was working as an Operations Manager for Yorkshire Water, an organisation which has been supporting WaterAid for over 32 years.

Frank said: "I am genuinely thrilled and flattered to be recognised for supporting WaterAid over the years. I care passionately about the organisation, and am happy to do whatever I can for such a great cause. I was lucky enough to visit WaterAid's projects in Malawi back in 2004, and it made a huge impact on me. The people working around the world for WaterAid are incredibly dedicated, helping to bring clean, precious water to those without it." 

Jacquie Prebble, International Relations Officer for Lions Clubs International, has been increasingly involved with WaterAid for two years, through her role with the Lions Clubs which, as an organisation, has been supporting WaterAid for over 27 years. 

Jackie said: "WaterAid is easy to 'sell' to Lions because water is essential to life. It's easy to explain that good sanitation and hygiene education are imperative for all. Lions realise that clean water is fundamental in their fight to eradicate blindness caused by waterborne diseases. I was absolutely delighted to be honoured by WaterAid's president, Prince Charles, recognising the amazing work that Lions do."

Nic Clay-Michael, Emily Goren, Steve Pulling and Simon Whatley accepted The President's Award on behalf of the Thames Water Raft Race Committee.

Nic Clay-Michael said: "I'm thrilled to receive this recognition from WaterAid and we are extremely proud of the fundraising achievements of the Thames Water Raft Race over the last 17 years."

The Thames Water Raft Race has been organised by a core group of volunteers for seventeen years. The race involves over 200 Thames Water employees, contractors and local businesses designing, building and decorating rafts, before racing them along a one mile long stretch of the River Thames. The event is given a theme each year, with the rafters dressing and decorating their rafts. Last year even saw Andy Triggs Hodge, GB Olympic Rowing Gold Medallist, attend the race.

And last but not least, Howard Leigh from Diageo, a relative newcomer to WaterAid, with nonetheless great impact. He has run the Diageo sponsored Water for Life half marathon for the last three years to support our work and to help poor communities gain water to drink and decent toilets. His dedication to the cause and to keep on running even in the face of adverse weather conditions is much appreciated. He has championed WaterAid within his networks and has continued to raise both awareness and financial support. He is also about to become a peer in the House of Lords.

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