After a year of fundraising, King’s Ely has accumulated a very healthy total of £30,000 to present to WaterAid at the school’s mid-term service.

King’s Ely came together as an entire school community in the cathedral for a special service where they were able to present a representative from WaterAid with a giant cheque. The cheque represented the sum raised during the last school year for charity as part of the joined up “Big Push” by the King’s Ely community. The school heard about the difference the funds will make in Nepal and other places around the World where the charity works.

WaterAid is an international organisation whose mission is to transform the lives of the poorest and most marginalized people by improving access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene. Through partners such as King’s Ely, last year they reached 2 million people with safe water and 3 million people with sanitation.

Chris Bow represented WaterAid at the service and was very grateful to receive a cheque from The Principal of King’s Ely, Sue Freestone. He explained how this money will be used in Uganda, Ethiopia and Nepal and showed how even small amounts could make a huge difference in poorer countries. He was tremendously impressed by the school’s efforts and in turn presented Sue Freestone with a photograph of two Ugandans holding a “Thank you” poster.

Chris commented: “I congratulate the school on a magnificent achievement and thank everyone for their generous support to WaterAid. The money will transform, and even save, the lives of many people currently living in extreme poverty in countries like Ethiopia and Nepal. It will provide access to clean water and proper sanitation, basic things that we so often take for granted.”

The Principal of King’s Ely, Sue Freestone, added: “I never cease to be impressed by the generosity of the King’s Ely community and the determination of our pupils to make a difference. We’re all really pleased to be able to hand over a significant sum like this to such a worthwhile cause.”

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