Harrogate finally achieves 'toilet twinning' status thanks to women of Soroptimist International

Harrogate is now a 'Toilet Twinned District' thanks to Soroptimist International of Harrogate and District.

By Graham Chalmers
Wednesday, 25th May 2022, 10:48 am

On their last day in office, the Mayor and Mayoress of Harrogate, Coun Trevor and Mrs Jen Chapman, were presented with a framed certificate from President Val Hills and Project Leader, Sue Williams in the Valley Gardens.

A total of 36 individual toilets and a toilet block of four have been sponsored in low income countries around the world and are now twinned with toilets in the Harrogate district.

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The figures show one in four people worldwide do not have a loo - which has major health implications.

That equates to £2400 donated by schools, the council, local businesses and, of course, Soroptimists.

President Val Hills said: "We are delighted to achieve toilet twinning status for the Harrogate district which, we believe, is the first district to be given the award in the country.”

Soroptimist International is a worldwide organisation that aims to improve the lives of women and girls locally, nationally and internally through education, enabling and empowering opportunities.

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Web site: sigbi.org/harrogate