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Dorchester named as “Toilet twinned town”

St Osmund’s C of E Middle school in Dorchester announces that they have smashed another challenge in their efforts to provide safe toilets overseas.

After announcing their school achievement of twinning 49 toilets. The school hosted an event which was Toilet themed to celebrate their achievement but also to make a special announcement and presentation.  Among the guests at the event were Local Town Councillors, The Mayor of Dorchester and West Dorset’s MP Chris Loder.

MP Chris Loder praised the impressive fundraising efforts of pupils from St. Osmund’s C of E Middle School, Dorchester on Friday 12th May.

“So far, pupils have raised almost £3,000 for the charity, Toilet Twinning. The charity helps to provide safe toilets, clean water, and hygiene training for some of the most impoverished communities in the world.” Mr Loder said:

“Pupils at St. Osmund’s have managed to ‘twin’ 49 of their school’s toilets, and I am honoured to ‘twin’ the fiftieth for them – a loo in the Houses of Parliament! The toilet twinning principle reminds us that not everyone has access to a safe and clean toilet; in fact, some 1.7 billion people in the Global South live without this most basic provision.”

The local MP, who attended a dedicated event held at the school, was presented with a Toilet Twinning certificate which will be on display at a Westminster loo.

Following this presentation Lydia Topp School Chaplain said “Following the twinning of the 50 Toilets, the charity made us aware of another challenge of getting Dorchester named as a Toilet Twinned town. This was a challenge we were happy to accept with Community being one of our core values, making our achievement have a wider community impact.”

Following this the local town council and The Storehouse Church raised funds to twin toilets in the local area, the challenge was complete.

On Friday 12th May pupils from St Osmund’s C of E Middle School Presented Mayor Janet Hewitt with the Town Twinning Certificate, this now names Dorchester as a Toilet Twinned Town.

Toilet Twinning Representative, Collete said “I was so impressed by the caring, articulate, students.  What an amazing achievement for them – and the whole of St. Osmund’s School. They must, rightly, be so proud of themselves their time and hard work. It was a humbling, heartening event for me.”

The Toilet Twinned Town Certificate naming Dorchester with its new status, will be displayed in the town council offices.

St Osmunds group photo - students with Chris Loder

St Osmunds group photo - guests with Chris Loder

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