2019: bumper year for twinning

Thank you so much for making 2019 another record-breaking year for Toilet Twinning!

Your generosity and hard work never cease to amaze. By the end of 2019, we’d twinned more than 24,000 toilets in 12 months – and none of that would have happened without you.

Of course it’s impossible to mention all the wonderful twinners who gave up their time and energy to raise funds for us, but here’s a handful to give an idea of their calibre and creativity.

  • Abigail, five, who is bidding to make Failsworth a Toilet Twinned Town, by writing to dignitaries and businesses, selling cakes and spreading the word far and wide
  • Sam, seven, who set up an online fundraising page inviting people to buy the naming rights to his 20 tropical fish (Karl Marx, Wanda and Lady Macbeth to name but three)
  • Ian Blake, a bit older, whose hard work promoting twinning in Barnard Castle led to him being shortlisted for a community award

Our 443 sporty challenge in the spring saw people take on all kinds of sponsored events from Bog Treks to bike rides, marathons to abseils. And on World Toilet Day in November we clocked up a staggering 367 twins in one day – thanks to Soggy Bottom bake sales, Toilet Parties, Blue for the Loo events – and, of course, chicken poo bingo.

Our special campaign to provide toilets blocks in the Rohingya refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar and our more recent focus on Ivory Coast underscored just how desperate life can be without proper sanitation or clean water.

Every single toilet twinned means lives are changed forever. But there are still an estimated 2 billion people without a safe, clean toilet so the twinning revo-loo-tion continues. We hope you’ll join us in 2020.

We’ll leave the last word to Sita from Yalo village, Ivory Coast: ‘Toilets have brought health and well-being to our family! Thank you.’