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Central Hall Westminster exceeds £50,000 milestone for Toilet Twinning charity

Central Hall Westminster has collected over £52,000 since it began supporting the Toilet Twinning charity, which works to provide water and sanitation to poverty-stricken families around the world.

Central Hall Westminster adopted the charity in 2017 in partnership with Methodist Central Hall Westminster. The Methodist church originally set up Central Hall Westminster Ltd to provide funds to maintain its Grade II* Listed building and provide income to support the local church mission and ministry, as well as donate to UK and international charities.

The conference and events centre raised the money via collection boxes within the building prior to the Covid-19 lockdown. Donations were received from event attendees, the Methodist church congregation and visitors.

Central Hall Westminster has also twinned some of its own toilets through the scheme which asks businesses and individuals to ‘twin’ their toilets in return for a £60 donation. The donor then receives a certificate of their toilet’s twin containing a photo, the latrine’s location and its GPS coordinates.

Paul Southern, managing director, Central Hall Westminster, commented: “We are delighted that we have reached another great milestone after initially collecting over £20,000 in the first 18 months. It is now more important than ever before to help the more vulnerable members of society who may not have access to clean water.

“As an events venue that exists to provide money for the upkeep of this beautiful building and charitable works around the world, this scheme is an additional way to contribute to causes we feel strongly about. We are extremely grateful to everyone who has contributed towards the Toilet Twinning fundraising. Working in partnership with the Methodist Central Hall, we are looking forward to collecting money again for this very worthy cause once the building opens again in the Autumn.”

Lorraine Kingsley, CEO, Toilet Twinning, added: “In the current Covid-19 pandemic, ensuring that communities have access to clean water and understand the importance of handwashing and good hygiene, is vital, so we are particularly grateful for Central Hall Westminster’s support. The work they have helped fund in the past means that many communities are more able to protect themselves from health risks such as coronavirus today.”

Kingsley concluded: “To have such prominent collection points in a lively, busy place is just wonderful, not just because visitors are so generous but also because lots of people hear about our work and go on to support us individually too. We are privileged to have such a longstanding and fruitful partnership with a great team of people.”