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Children’s delight

15 August 2014

WOULDN'T you have loved to be able to throw wet sponges at some of your teachers? That is what the children at Neville's Cross Primary School, Durham, were able to do, and all in a good cause. They were raising funds for the Toilet Twinning scheme, which twins lavatories in the UK and in the developing world.

The idea had been suggested to the school by Canon Judy Hirst, Missioner to the Durham diocese and Associate Priest of St John's, Neville's Cross. "We have loads of toilets," she told them, "probably more than we need, but lots of people don't. . . I challenged the children in an assembly to raise £60 to twin a school toilet, and they ended up twinning six."

The head teacher, Pam Monaghan, who was pelted with sponges to raise funds, said that the challenge had raised the children's awareness of hygiene and sanitation around the world, and they were keen to twin as many lavatories as possible. "They really rose to the challenge. Some even brought more money than we asked, so that they could throw more sponges at the teachers."

The funds they raised will go towards providing sanitation in Afghanistan, Burundi, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Ethiopia, and Uganda.

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