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Water water everywhere, but not a drop to drink

As I write this month’s column there are nearly 200 flood warnings in the UK. While we float on our little island, much of the world’s population has scarce water supplies, or what they can obtain is unclean and potentially life threatening for them to drink.

Many charities are working to supply life-giving water to these people. Wateraid for example is highlighting the situation on19 November with World Toilet Day which aims to raise global awareness of the struggle faced by the 2.5 billion people living without access to sanitation. If you can afford a few minutes of time on the day, there are free toolkits, with information to help you influence your local MP, community groups and so on.

Most work places have water coolers and the supplier Aquaid donates 10 pence to Christian Aid’s water projects from every 19 litre bottle of water they sell. This may sound like a drop in the

ocean, but from January to June this year those 10 pences have totalled nearly £45,000! As they say, ‘look after the pennies and the pounds will look after themselves’. Visit: aquaidwatercoolers. to find out more.

If you search online you will find a charity which suits the way in which you would like to help. I know people who decided to sink a well in memory of a loved one who had died. They wanted a living legacy, so what better than a well? Wells are life-giving monuments. To find out how you can help, visit childrescue. net/borewells

As I sign off on this column, I’m off to boil a kettle and shall have a quiet moment as I turn on the tap and run the clean water. These are things we can so easily take for granted.

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This well in India was sponsored by a family in the UK BY FIONA JULIAN


Fundraisers gathered in the beautiful grounds of Moyles Court School in the New Forset on Saturday 13 October to take part in a three hour Boot Camp Challenge in aid of Forest Holme Hospice. Top instructors from Forest Fit Club put participants through their paces in the sunshine, tackling four exercise zones; ‘Sand-Hill Sprints’, ‘Ultimate Endurance’, ‘Outdoor circuits’ and ‘Ab Blast’. So far the endurance event has raised £571.50 for the Poole hospice, with donations still being received. Hannah Parsons, corporate fundraiser

for Forest Holme, said: “We want to give a big thank you to the staff at Forest

Fit Club, who did an amazing job at motivating each of the teams, and to all our fundraisers for showing so much enthusiasm.” MYFood generously donated Power Snacks and AECC Chiropractors were on hand to revive participants with mini treatments throughout the challenge. One lucky fundraiser was awarded an Asics running watch, one month’s free membership to Fitness First Poole and three months membership to Forest Fit Club through the prize draw. To find out more about Forest Holme Hospice, visit

FRIDAY 02 NOVEMBER Charity Bollywood Party, Tickets in- cludes a welcome drink, 4 course dinner, Bollywood dancers and DJ. All proceeds go towards Hayley Bevis’ sponsorship for a Himalayas Trek in aid of The Society of St James, a Hampshire based homeless- ness charity, £20, 7pm-midnight, P.O.S.H Restaurant, No 1 Queensway, South- ampton

WEDNESDAY 07 NOVEMBER Calendar Girls production in aid of local charities, £10, 7.30pm plus matinees, Running until 11 November, Tivoli Theatre, Wimborne

FRIDAY 09 NOVEMBER Dyspraxia Foundation Silver Anniversary Conference, A two day conference to celebrate 25 years of the Dyspraxia Foundation charity and its hard work to raise awareness of dyspraxia, The event will cover Dyspraxia, Dyslexia, Autism Spectrum Disorder and ADHD. For the complete programme contact 01426 455016, The Connaught Hotel, Bournemouth

THURSDAY 15 NOVEMBER Quiz Night, BBC Radio Solent’s Neil

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Sackley will be hosting the event and there will be the chance to win some fantastic prizes, Contact heathersmith@ for tickets and further details, Tickets cost £15 per person and teams should consist of 4-6 people, Southampton

FRIDAY 16 NOVEMBER Quiz night and supper in aid of the Bournemouth Mayor’s charities, Maximum team size 6, £10 including supper, For more information and tickets call 07772 860268, Premier Inn, Westover Road, Bournemouth

SATURDAY 17 NOVEMBER Charity Symphony Orchestra, Programme includes Wagner, Strauss and Beethoven with Jon Fylling from Norway as Guest Conductor and Craig Lawton as Conductor, £10, 7.30pm, Christ Church Freemantle, Southampton The Children’s Trust Charity Ball, Join this fabulous evening where you will enjoy a bucks fizz reception, three course dinner with coffee and a fantastic line up of entertainment, £35, 7pm, Menzies Carlton Hotel, East Cliff, Bournemouth

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