Bathroom firm helps flush away poverty

A Bristol bathroom and plumbing company is joining forces with charity Toilet Twinning to help provide toilets in poor communities abroad. Threesixty Services have 'twinned' their own toilet in their showroom on Zetland Road with a latrine overseas through the charity and will now be encouraging customers to do the same in their new bathrooms. By donating £60 to twin their

toilet, Threesixty customers will be helping those in desperate poverty to have access to a proper latrine, clean water and the information they need to be healthy. In return, customers will receive a certificate of their toilet's twin, containing a photo, the latrine's location and its GPS coordinates, to proudly display in their new bathroom. Those who donate to the initiative will be able to choose a country to twin their toilet with. Threesixty will also be inspiring customers who have received plumbing services, to make a donation towards twinning a toilet,

lives in the poor communities where we work. So, we are extremely grateful to Threesixty Services for their support in helping us help communities which lack even the most basic services that we tend to take for granted.” Eden Warren, operations

director at Threesixty, said: “We are thrilled to be working with Toilet Twinning and contribute to such a worthwhile cause. Having just twinned our showroom’s toilet with a latrine in Lupaya in the Democratic Republic of Congo, we now want to help spread the word to others in Bristol. “As World Toilet Day highlights,

‘A loo of

even the most basic design can literally save lives’

Eden Warren, operations director at Threesixty

through its match funding scheme. They aim to raise enough in

partnership with their customers to provide 12 new toilets in the coming year. Toilet Twinning CEO Lorraine Kingsley said: “A loo of even the most basic design can literally save

many people overseas don’t have access to decent, healthy sanitation - something that many of us here take for granted. Our aim, going forward, is to work with our customers, to provide this basic but critical facility, to as many communities as possible.” Today, 2.3 billion people do not

have somewhere safe to go the toilet. The Sustainable Development Goals, launched in 2015, include a target to ensure everyone has access to a safely- managed household toilet by 2030. This makes sanitation central to eradicating extreme poverty.


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Sports organisations and sports leaders from around the country met in Bristol on the 6 December to discuss how sport and physical activity could be better used to benefit modern society. The conference took place at the Brightside Cricket

Ground and was held as part of the city’s year as a European City of Sport. This one-off event involved organisations from a

range of different sectors which met to get guidance on how to improve access to sport within their organisation while also looking at how sport could be used on a national level to drive productivity, encourage aspiration and help people to overcome inequalities in society. The day featured talks from international sport stars including James Cracknell OBE, double Olympic Gold

medallist, Pat Lam, Bristol Rugby’s head coach, and Chrissie Wellington, three time ironman world champion and global head of Health and Wellbeing for parkrun. The event was organised by Wesport, Bristol City

Council and Business West and part sponsored by SDS Limited. Steve Nelson, chief executive officer at Wesport, said:

“This conference was a first for Bristol. The organising group worked hard to ensure the structure and content of the day was engaging the audience and enabled delegates to take something with them of value in their sport / physical activity or business roles.” Representatives from Sport England, English Federation for Disability Sport and Badminton England were also there to deliver industry-focused talks.

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