Emmerdale star Mark Charnock has backed a campaign to give 1,000 families living in developing countries access to clean water ahead of World Water Day this Saturday.
The actor who plays Marlon Dingle in the popular soap has lent his support to the HG1000 campaignstarring alongside Rev Guy Donegan-Cross from St Marks Church in a short video demonstrating how Compassion water filters work.
He said: “There are astonishing statistics – one in eight of the world’s population don’t have access to clean water – and we take those statistics for granted, but when you say it out loud it’s beyond belief.”
The HG1000 campaign aims for Harrogate to be the first town to lift 1,000 children and families and out poverty by encouraging 1,000 people to sponsor children in the developing world and buy 1,000 water filters for families with no access to clean water.
Rev Guy Donegan-Cross came up with the idea to make Harrogate the first town to help 1,000 people during a trip to Tanzania where he saw the work that charity, Compassion do first hand.
He said: “We came up with the idea of buying 1000 water filters to run along the child sponsorship campaign because we realised the long term commitment of child sponsorship isn’t suitable for everyone. We want to get business and schools involved and buying water filter systems.”
The £50 Water of Life filters are based on the same technology developed for kidney dialysis, but Compassion ambassador Michelle Hayes, who previously worked as a micro-biologist, said the filter was too effective and removed too many blood cells, so the technology had to be shelved.
Each filter is made up of tiny micro-tubes which remove deadly bacteria and effectively eliminate cholera, typhoid, e. coli, amoebic dysentery, and other bacterial contaminants.
Rev Donegan-Cross said: “I saw the water filters in action and I was amazed. They are so effective and I saw them being used in peoples homes – this was right in the middle of the bush – and it gave the whole family access to clean water.”
Mike Procter of M Procter Opticians supported the HG1000 campaign and spoke at a recent Harrogate Chamber of Trade meeting to encourage businesses to get involved.
Richard Clarkson of HPH Chartered Accountants donated to buy a water filter.
He said: “It is just one piece of equipment but it is amazing what one little thing can do to change people’s lives.”
To donate or find out more visit https://my.compassionuk.org/app/Harrogate or call St Marks Church 01423 544528.