Portsmouth Water Tigers raise over £12,000 for WaterAid

A team of employees from Portsmouth Water have taken part in WaterAid’s Global Winnovator Challenge. The Winnovator challenge this year has featured 31 teams from the UK, USA, India and Australia.

The teams, all competing to be awarded the global winners, have over the past 6 months worked to find practical solutions to help reach some of the poorest communities in India gain access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene, as well as raising funds and awareness of WaterAid in their local communities.
The Portsmouth Water Tigers consists of 6 team members from all areas of the business. The team have worked together to develop a multimedia toolkit for children aged 6-14 years old in India to teach and develop their knowledge on hygiene. The toolkit consists of 3 different lesson plans, a top trumps style card game, handwashing technique and an implementation plan. The tiger team hope that this toolkit will be able to be developed and provided to the local schools within Hampshire as well as India.

With the challenge now concluded, the team are incredibly happy to announce that they have smashed the original fundraising target of £5K and have raised over £12K for WaterAid! Fundraising events have included hosting a 1920s Gala Dinner, bake sales, Three Peaks Mountain Challenge in Yorkshire, a Skydive and much much more.

Hayley Wakeford, Chair of the Portsmouth Water Tigers, said “I am incredibly proud of the team and how well they have tackled each fundraising event and managed to engage with both staff at Portsmouth Water and the local community. To have generated this amount of money in such a short space of time is incredible. It doesn’t matter if we win, although of course that would be nice, the key is we have grown as a team with the knowledge the money we have raised will make a huge difference to people’s lives.”

Neville Smith, Managing Director of Portsmouth Water, said “I am so proud of the team both from seeing the amount of money that was raised but also seeing how they developed together over the past 6 months. They are a credit to themselves and an inspiration to their colleagues”