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Dirty business for family spreading charity message

Ready: John and Anne Wareing of Penwortham. Below: Sam with Jarvis Cocker in 2010

Ready: John and Anne Wareing of Penwortham. Below: Sam with Jarvis Cocker in 2010

Mud and dirty toilets are the main reasons a Penwortham family have headed to Glastonbury Festival.

John and Anne Wareing and their sons Alex, 30, and Sam, 28, have been chosen by charity WaterAid to rally support at the event for its Change the Record campaign, calling on world leaders to improve access to clean water and improved sanitation for women and girls.

John, a retired HR manager, has supported WaterAid for 32 years and has attended eight previous Glastonbury festivals.

He said: “Festival goers are extremely receptive to WaterAid’s message. There’s nothing like being in a field for a few days to bring home to people how important clean water and toilets are.”

Anne, 59, is a GP at the Ryan Medical Centre in Bamber Bridge, and is attending for the first time.

She said: “Glastonbury is the perfect place for anyone to see how important water and sanitation is to the lives of everyone, both in the UK and the developing world.”

John, 61, added: “Both Alex and Sam did various things for WaterAid from as soon as they were old enough. I can remember Alex selling raffle tickets when he was four. He has actually been coming to the festival for WaterAid for longer than me - this will be his 11th.”

The family will among a 200-strong army of volunteers giving out drinking water to festival-goers, collecting rubbish and manning the She Pees tents and African pit latrines .

Each WaterAid volunteer works shifts of four to six hours a day – the same amount of time many women and girls in the developing world spend collecting water.

WaterAid is one of the three main beneficiaries of festival profits nd usually gets over £200,000 a year.

 

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