Richmond is set to be declared a ‘Toilet Twinned Town’ following a campaign by the Soroptimist International Richmond and Dales (SIR&D) group.
SIR&D has announced that the mayor of Richmond, Councillor Bob White, has completed the twinning of the toilet in the mayor’s parlour at the town hall with a community in Malawi.
The framed certificate of twinning was presented to the mayor by Babs Hunt, treasurer of SIR&D, and Jenny Cathcart who leads the campaign.
Toilet Twinning is a charity which provides basic sanitation in overseas communities which are without this basic need.
Their work is funded by organisations and individuals in the UK donating the modest sum of £60 per toilet.
Each donor is then given a framed photograph of the toilet they have funded, which can be displayed in their “twin” toilet on the premises.
For a town to become a Toilet Twinned Town, 20 organisations across different categories must fund a toilet at their premises – covering businesses, churches, schools, charities, community groups and local government.
The campaign has now covered all the categories required and is nearing completion.