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At Toilet Twinning, we usually prefer long drops over name drops, but we wanted to say 'thanks' to a few loo-minaries, who are helping flush away poverty by supporting Toilet Twinning.

Catherine Fenton

Catherine Fenton

Artist, Catherine Fenton, has donated three paintings to Toilet Twinning that she was asked to produce for the 2015 World Toilet Day Campaign. †

The artwork, which is entitled†Be a Thinker,†Be a Sharer,†Be an Artist, was produced using the World Health Organisation World Water Report 2014, papier mache toilet paper, ground glass, gold leaf and acrylic paint. †

The paintings will be auctioned in 2017 to raise funds for Toilet Twinning.

www.catherinefenton.com

Hobbs House Bakery

Hobbs House Bakery

Spending a penny/visiting the loo/ 'washing your hands'/'powdering your nose'/nipping to the dunny, bog or toilet, whenever you GO at Hobbs House Bakery, you can see that we’ve Twinned our Toilets and we’re helping to flush away poverty.

Mary-Ann Ochota

Mary-Ann Ochota

I saw a twinned toilet on a visit to a Bedfordshire school, and I thought it was one of the best ideas ever! It’s simple, it’s fun, but it’s also really, really important.

I take it for granted that I have somewhere to go to the loo. But one in three people in the world don’t. Imagine seeing your children die because your family's drinking water is contaminated by human waste. No-one should have to live like that.

By twinning your toilet, you make a difference to a family who deserve the dignity and safety proper sanitation brings. It’s the first step out of poverty, and it saves lives. Me and my toilet are proud to be twinned with a long drop in Bihar, north India. It’s time for a sanitation revolution, and every toilet counts!

Julia Bradbury

Julia Bradbury

I had my toilet twinned with Sierra Leone as a present, and since then, I’ve twinned the toilets of friends and family. In all my travels for TV, I’ve found that toilets can make or break a trip. Please support Toilet Twinning, as it’s a great way to tackle the sanitation nightmare that 2.5 billion people don’t have a loo.

Gweirydd Williams

Gweirydd Williams

Environmental Health Officer, Gweirydd Williams is on a roll twinning toilets all around Wales. His ambition is to twin at least 100 toilets – and he’s now well over this! He has encouraged colleagues to twin toilets instead of writing Christmas cards; written to his local MP; twinned loos as presents; gone into his daughter’s school; and encouraged a friend to join him in a back-waxing exploit that alone raised enough for 22 twins! When asked what he’ll be up to next, he said: “I’ve got some great ideas for the future, but at the moment they're under wraps!”†

Tim Vine

Tim Vine

Writer, actor, comedian and presenter says this about his recent Toilet Twin –

"I've twinned my toilet with a toilet in Ethiopia. If I get there and someone's using it, I'll be slightly annoyed!"
†– Tim Vine

Bear Grylls

Bear Grylls

"Good sanitation, drinking water and keeping your hands clean are fundamental to communities. Yet consider this: 40% of the world’s population can’t take part in life’s adventures because they don’t have access to a toilet. Twinning your toilet is a fun and unique way of helping tackle this injustice. I'm in!"

Tamsin Greig

Tamsin Greig

"I twinned my toilet because it's a fun and simple way to tackle the scandalous lack of decent loos and basic sanitation all over the world. Three children under the age of 5 die every minute because of poor sanitation and dirty water. So come on, let's help change the world one toilet at a time. Twin your toilet today and make a wee difference."

Portable Sanitation Europe

Portable Sanitation Europe

With over 400 members in the UK, Portable Sanitation Europe is recognized as the leading European body for all matters relating to sanitation within the construction and outdoor event markets. In May 2011 Committee members voted to support Toilet Twinning.

Henry Olonga

Henry Olonga

Henry Olonga, a world-class cricketer whose career was cut short by his public protest against Mugabe’s rule, has teamed up with Toilet Twinning to help flush away poverty.

Olonga said, “Having grown up in Zimbabwe I appreciate what a precious resource water is. Toilet Twinning’s work really does make a difference for those living without the basics of clean water and decent sanitation that we take for granted in the UK.”

Sally Magnusson

Sally Magnusson

Broadcaster and author Sally Magnusson has twinned a toilet in Glasgow Cathedral with a loo in a remote village in central Africa for World Water Day.

In her book, Life of Pee: The Story of How Urine Got Everywhere, Magnusson unveils many little-known facts and uses of urine, an ‘unsung hero’. However, for the 2.6 billion people in the world without a decent loo it’s a different story.

Inadequate sanitation is one of the world’s biggest killers, and water-related diseases keep children out of school and parents at home and out of work.

Magnusson said: “Having learnt so much about urine and human waste disposal from my research, I wanted to do something for those who don’t have the benefits of good sanitation and to encourage others to do the same.”

Pictured: Lynne Paterson; Glasgow Cathedral's twin; Sally Magnusson.

The Welsh Assembly

The Welsh Assembly

Rosemary Butler, the Deputy First Minister, said “I am pleased to support the Toilet Twinning campaign and that the National Assembly is taking part in it.† This campaign is an important one that draws attention to something that we take for granted but something that can make a big difference to the health of people in countries like Burundi, and I wish the campaign every success.”

Pictured: The Bishop of Monmouth, Rt Revd Dominic Walker, helps Rosemary Butler, the Deputy First Minister, twin a toilet at the Welsh Assembly.

Northern Ireland Assembly

Northern Ireland Assembly

On World Toilet Day - 19 November - the Northern Ireland Assembly twinned a toilet in Parliament Buildings, Stormont with a toilet in Burundi to help raise awareness of this life and death issue.

Jim Wells, MLA,† said: "Toilet Twinning is a unique way of supporting people for whom good, clean, safe sanitation is a luxury, not a given. Every minute, three children under the age of five die because of poor sanitation or dirty water. The Assembly is proud to support Toilet Twinning and the opportunity for people in Burundi to enjoy the benefits that improved sanitation will bring to their communities."

Pictured: Jim Wells, MLA; Toilet; Tim Magowan, Northern Ireland Director of Tearfund.

Chris White MP

Chris White MP

Chris White MP (Warwick and Leamington) has linked the smallest room in his constituency office with a latrine in Burundi. He is pictured here with Year 2 pupils from Clapham Terrace School in Leamington Spa, who recently raised £60 to twin their class toilet.

Thomas Crapper

Thomas Crapper

The legendary sanitary ware company Thomas Crapper has joined Tearfund's global Toilet Twinning movement, linking three of its traditional high quality loos with three latrines deep in the African bush.

The famous Victorian’s name won him a place in history, but he is wrongly credited with inventing the WC. In reality the Yorkshire born plumber was Britain’s superior sanitary engineer of his day, holding four royal warrants and supplying plumbing and fittings for the Sandringham estate as well as fittings at Windsor Castle, Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey. He also pioneered the idea of bathroom showrooms.

Today the company continues to operate from Stratford upon Avon serving a world wide clientele. Managing Director Simon Kirby, who bought the company in l999 and began re-manufacturing the products created a century ago, said he was delighted to be a part of toilet twinning.


Bishop of Coventry

Bishop of Coventry

The Bishop of Coventry's toilet proudly sports a photo of its twin.

‘It's a bog standard idea with a great message,’ said Bishop Christopher. ’33 per cent of the world’s population- 2.4 billion people - don’t have access to a toilet and it’s hard to imagine what that must be like. Left lying around human waste is a killer and without proper sanitation and health training, Burundians can’t hope to keep well, to work, go to school and begin to rebuild their country.’

Marverine Cole

Marverine Cole

Sky News Presenter Marverine Cole has joined the Toilet Twinning famous fans club.

‘Toilet Twinning may be a bit of a laugh but it’s also a brilliant idea,’ said Marverine. ‘I can’t imagine what it’s like to live without access to a loo! I’d encourage everyone to sign up and do their bit to flush away poverty.’

Marverine became a familiar face to TV audiences as a reporter/presenter for BBC Midlands Today and ITV Central News. She presented 'Real Talk', her own live weekly show on BBC Radio WM and "Up All Night", BBC Radio 5 LIVE’S International News programme.

Jo Cameron

Jo Cameron

Business woman and a candidate on the TV show the Apprentice, Jo is keen to put her name to initiatives that help women – which is why Toilet Twinning gets her vote.

‘Proper sanitation is imperative for good health and to keep young women well. This is why I am supporting Toilet Twinning’ says Jo, who has helped thousands of women increase their confidence and self belief with the company that she co-founded with Business Partner Lisa Ibbotson.

Corinne Bailey Rae

Corinne Bailey Rae

Soul singer Corinne Bailey Rae is a big fan of Toilet Twinning.

‘This is a fun idea with a very serious message,’ said Corinne. ‘4.2 billion people around the world are coping without a toilet, so it’s no surprise that 60% of all rural diseases are caused by poor hygiene and sanitation.'

‘It’s the children who suffer the most with shortened life spans, missed schooling and illness due to living with untreated sewage. For the women and girls using the bush, instead of a safe toilet, is degrading, embarrassing and can leave them vulnerable to attack. In Burundi having a toilet is literally saving lives.† I would encourage everyone to get twinning!.'

The Archbishop of Wales, Dr Barry Morgan

The Archbishop of Wales, Dr Barry Morgan

“I shall hang my plaque up with pride. It will remind me every time I see it how the things we take for granted in this country, such as decent sanitation, hygiene and dignity, can make the difference between life and death, health and disease, to the world’s poorest people. I am pleased so many of our churches support this†imaginative campaign as it really is faith in action.”

Did You Know...

Every minute, 1.1 million litres of human excrement enters the River Ganges. (opendefecation.org)

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