Celebrity chefs and bakers back our World Toilet Day campaign

Some of Britain’s best-loved chefs and bakers are backing a campaign to provide lifesaving loos for vulnerable women and girls overseas.

Prue Leith CBE, chef and restaurateur Monica Galetti, Gogglebox’s Rev Kate Bottley, actor and cookery writer Fay RipleyGreat British Bake Off finalist Martha Collison and The Apprentice winner Alana Spencer are all supporting the Toilet Twinning campaign.

Toilet Twinning raises funds for proper toilets, clean water and hygiene training in very poor, often remote communities – by inviting people in the UK to ‘twin’ their loo at home with a latrine overseas. Its campaign is currently highlighting the plight of the more than 1 billion women and girls worldwide who don’t have a safe, clean toilet and so are vulnerable to attack.

Fay Ripley, Cold Feet star and author of three cook books, says: ‘I’ve been lucky enough to visit some African communities that have very little. Those basic things we take so much for granted – things like clean water and a proper toilet – can totally transform life for a family.

‘When people aren’t falling sick all the time, they can work and farm and go to school. Toilet Twinning is a very practical way to tackle poverty by helping people help themselves.’

The six big-hearted bakers, cooks and chefs have each donated either a spaghetti bolognese or a cake recipe in support of Toilet Twinning’s new Spag Bog and Soggy Bottoms fundraising campaign for World Toilet Day (19 November).

Alana Spencer of Ridiculously Rich says: ‘I’m really pleased to support Toilet Twinning after hearing about the difficulties one in three women in the world face – just because they don’t have a toilet. I can’t imagine what that must be like and how hard that makes their lives. It makes me realise we’re very fortunate to have things like water on tap and proper toilets – and that we should value them more.’

Toilet Twinning’s CEO Lorraine Kingsley says: ‘Women and girls have most to gain from having a proper toilet because, without one, they are vulnerable to attack. Girls are highly likely to drop out of school when they hit puberty if there aren’t proper toilets where they can change.

‘The British sense of humour has a strange fascination with toilets, but we’re also rather coy when it comes to discussing them. That’s why we’re so grateful to our celebrity supporters for helping us break that taboo and provide toilets which really will change lives forever.’

Fay Ripley, Rev Kate Bottley, Prue Leith, Monica Galetti, Alana Spencer and Martha Collison’s recipes can be found here.