I’m a Celebrity campmates say..."get me some clean water!"

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With a few days to go till I’m a Celebrity: Get Me Out of Here returns to our screens, former campmates have revealed the biggest challenges they faced when roughing it in the jungle, in support of WaterAid’s Access Denied campaign. 

Last year’s King of the Jungle, Harry Redknapp, missed his wife Sandra and – you guessed it – jam roly-polys, while Queen of the Jungle, Vicky Pattison, found it difficult without her biggest cheerleader – her Mum.  Motorcycle legend and 2014 winner, Carl Fogarty, craved a good cup of tea and actor, Christopher Biggins, struggled with boredom.

But they were all united on one major challenge. While fans of the show might expect munching on animal body parts to top their shared tribulations, it was the lack of clean water and a nice toilet on which they were all agreed. 

The veteran stars of the ITV reality show have revealed how water went from being something they didn’t think about - that was available at the turn of a tap - to a luxury they no longer took for granted. They are now supporting WaterAid’s Access Denied campaign, which aims to raise £2 million to help get clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene to some of the world’s poorest communities.

Former football manager, Harry Redknapp, said: 
“Life in the jungle was certainly no walk in the park. I missed my wife Sandra and craved a decent jam roly-poly when all I could get was food like crocodile’s tail, and even then, I had to earn that pleasure. But my jungle hell was over in three weeks, and then I was able to return to my family and home comforts. 

“Millions of people around the world are still waiting for basics such as clean water and decent toilets – things we take for granted. I’m supporting WaterAid as I believe no one should have their access denied to these necessities.”

TV personality, Vicky Pattison, said: 
“In the jungle I really missed my Mum. Whatever I’m going through, wherever I am, she’s usually just a phone call away. She’s my biggest cheerleader and has given me the best opportunities in life! Having been in the jungle twice, I found there was a lot of time to think about what is important in life, and to really appreciate what we have.”  

Comedian Joe Pasquale said:
“The thing I missed most was a proper toilet.... one with a door and with water that flushed, rather than just a hole in a lump of wood that gave me splinters in my little bum!”

Stand-up comedian, Shappi Khorsandi, who battled the infamous bush-tucker trials in 2017, said having her period in the jungle was among the biggest challenges:
“In the jungle you couldn’t keep properly clean and fresh. I was on my period, so I felt particularly horrible not being able to have a proper shower – it was so public in there. I’m usually fastidious about cleanliness so constantly feeling a bit icky impacted on my mood and ability to enjoy myself. The minute I got out, I poured myself a lovely hot bubble bath!” 

Former model and presenter, Nell McAndrew, missed space and “the freedom go for a run”, while also admitting that going to the toilet outside in the middle of the night bothered her. She added:

“Being in the jungle definitely made me think of all the things that we can all take for granted. To have access to clean water is essential.” 

For up to three weeks, this year’s contestants will have to collect their own water – boiling it before drinking - and will have to use a long-drop toilet.

Across the world 785 million men, women and children live without clean water close to home, while a quarter of the global population do not have access to a decent toilet. 

Marcus Missen, WaterAid’s Director of Communications and Fundraising, said:

“Forget bushtucker trials and dingo dollar challenges; for up to three weeks celebrities get a small taste of what it is like to live with their access denied to basic services like clean running water and a nice toilet. 
 “This is the daily reality for millions of people across the world who are denied access to clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene simply because of who they are, how much money they have, or where they live. This robs them of their chance of an education and financially secure life and causes diseases that claim the lives of 800 children every single day.  
“WaterAid is working to tackle this injustice, and we are very grateful to Harry, Shappi and all the other celebrities who have used their time in the jungle to raise awareness of this vital issue as part of our Access Denied campaign.”

For more information and to support WaterAid’s Access Denied campaign, please visit www.wateraid.org 

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Notes to Editors:

Quotes from all celebrities supporting the campaign: 

Christopher Biggins
“Life in the jungle was tough. The hardest challenge for me was surviving the utter boredom. Especially when there is nothing to eat – for days – that's when you really think you’re going to go bananas!
“But, as difficult as it was, it was only for a short while. It is humbling to think there are literally millions of people across the globe living without basic amenities like clean water and a proper toilet, exposing them to deadly diseases. I am proud to support WaterAid’s Access Denied appeal, which will help transform thousands of lives this winter”.

Carl Fogarty
“Apart from my family and friends, I really missed a good cup of tea the most. It got to the point that after breakfast of rice and beans I would pretend to brew up and pour hot water into everyone’s mug and tell them to enjoy their cuppa. It was actually better to drink the hot water than the warm water at air temperature. Warm water tastes horrible. The best thing about being selected for a challenge was that there were cold bottles of mineral water available.
“The water from the barrel didn’t look to dirty but we were still advised to boil it, even for brushing our teeth. It certainly made me realise that we often take having safe, clean water available for granted.”

Shappi Khorsandi
Thing I missed the most:
“Apart from the kids I missed my lovely comfy warm bed in my house, where no bugs crawled on my face in the night and my bedding wasn’t wet from the rain!”
Thing I most looked forward to:  
“A hot bath!  In the jungle you couldn’t keep properly clean and fresh I was on my period, so I felt particularly horrible not being able to have a proper shower – it was so public in there! I’m usually fastidious about cleanliness so constantly feeling a bit icky impacted on my mood and ability to enjoy myself.  The minute I got out I poured myself a lovely hot bubble bath!”

Nell McAndrew
"I missed the people who are closest to me, family and friends. People who I could just be relaxed around and genuinely care about. 
As I was one of the first people to go in the jungle, I had no idea what to expect. 
I missed space, freedom to go for a run. I am not used to sitting around for so long. We had no idea what time it was so the days seemed so long!
I thought that sleeping outside would be awful and that I would never sleep but it was actually really nice. 
Going to the toilet in the middle of the night bothered me. 
Being in the jungle definitely made me think of all the things that we can all take for granted. 
To have access to clean water is essential. It’s heart-breaking to think that so many people don’t have access to drinking water and basic sanitation. "

Joe Pasquale
“The thing I missed most was a proper toilet ... one with a door and with water that flushed, rather than just a hole in a lump of wood that gave me splinters in my little bum!”

Vicky Pattison
“In the jungle I really missed my Mum. Whatever I’m going through, wherever I am, she’s usually just a phone call away. Having been in the jungle twice, I found there was a lot of time to think about what is important in life, and to really appreciate what we have.  
When I heard there are millions of families across the world who live without clean water every day, just because of where they live or how much money they have, I knew I had to support WaterAid’s Access Denied appeal. Everyone should get involved.”

Harry Redknapp
“Life in the jungle was certainly no walk in the park. I missed my wife Sandra and craved a decent jam roly-poly when all I could get was food like crocodile’s tail, and even then, I had to earn that pleasure. But my jungle hell was over in three weeks, and then I was able to return to my family and home comforts. 
“Millions of people around the world are still waiting for basics such as clean water and decent toilets – things we take for granted. I’m supporting WaterAid as I believe no one should have their access denied to these necessities."
 

WaterAid

WaterAid is working to make clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene normal for everyone, everywhere within a generation. The international not-for-profit organisation works in 28 countries to change the lives of the poorest and most marginalised people. Since 1981, WaterAid has reached 26.4 million people with clean water and 26.3 million people with decent toilets. For more information, visit www.wateraid.org/uk, follow @WaterAid or @WaterAidPress on Twitter, or find WaterAid UK on Facebook at www.facebook.com/wateraid.

  • 785 million people in the world – one in ten – do not have clean water close to home.[1]
  • 2 billion people in the world – almost one in four – do not have a decent toilet of their own.[2]
  • Around 310,000 children under five die every year from diarrhoeal diseases caused by poor water and sanitation. That's almost 800 children a day, or one child every two minutes.[3]
  • Every £1 invested in water and toilets returns an average of £4 in increased productivity.[4]
  • Just £15 can provide one person with clean water.[5]

[1] WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) Progress on drinking water, sanitation and hygiene: 2017 update and SDG Baselines

[2] WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) Progress on drinking water, sanitation and hygiene: 2017 update and SDG Baselines

[3] Prüss-Ustün et al. (2014) and The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (2018)

[4] World Health organization (2012) Global costs and benefits of drinking-water supply and sanitation interventions to reach the MDG target and universal coverage

[5] www.wateraid.org