Ropewalk funds WaterAid school sanitation block

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Barton upon Humber’s The Ropewalk has sent a special New Year’s gift to a school in one of the world’s poorest countries.

A combination of support from bookworms and knitters has enabled the Maltkiln Road arts and live entertainment venue to reach their target of £390 for a school sanitation block in record time.

And additional funds has meant that The Ropewalk was able to carry on its tradition of providing live entertainment overseas by also funding a children’s puppet show which promotes good hygiene practices.

“When we started fund raising for WaterAid at the beginning of October I don’t think anyone thought we would reach our target in under three months,” said The Ropewalk’s Managing Director, Liz Bennet.

Now a total of £421 has been sent to WaterAid to pay for the £390 sanitation block and the £31 puppet show.

“A block of toilets and washing facilities means pupils can stay healthy and stay in school while the puppet show teaches good hygiene practices – and can reach 300 parents and children. What a fun gift!” said a spokesman for Water Aid.

Liz explained it was initially through the Book Swap scheme in the Coffee Shop that the money started to flow in and then, at the beginning of December cushions and hot water covers made be a group of knitters who meet on an ad-hoc basis at The Ropewalk went on sale and the target was soon passed.

“It’s been really great to see how well the Book Swap scheme, which has a recommended donation of just £1, has taken off,” Liz said.  “Not only are our customers taking out books but they are also brining them in.  It seems that there are new books appearing on the shelves on a daily basis.

“And the cushions and hot water bottle covers could not have gone on sale at a better time – at the start of the big freeze and a few weeks before Christmas,” she continued.

Now fundraising is focussing on paying for a theatre performance, Who’s Been Sitting in My Chair by Freehand Theatre, for young people at The Ropewalk in February which is being organised by the children’s charity ST-ART.

The performance takes place on February 15 and to make sure  no-one is disappointed there are two performances at 11am and 2pm.

Other February half term activities organised by ST-ART and based loosely around the Goldilocks and the Three Bears Story includes a Make Your Own Stool workshop as well as activities including making clay bowls and bear marks.

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