Ropery Coffee Shop supports World Water Day
A Barton upon Humber coffee shop is supporting international World Water Day on Tuesday. (March 22)
The popular Ropery Coffee Shop, part of The Ropewalk arts complex, is happy to provide tap water for their customers without any charge.
But on Tuesday it will be asking customers to make a voluntary donation for their tap water which will go towards fighting the global sanitation and water crisis.
This year World Water Day takes as its theme Water for Cities to encourage everyone, from governments to individuals, to address the challenges of urban water management.
“We have always had a strong commitment to WaterAid, which supports World Water Day, and this is just another way of raising money for this very worthwhile cause,” said The Ropewalk’s managing director, Liz Bennet.
“For some years now we have supported the work of WaterAid through various fundraising ideas and asking for voluntary donations for tap water on this day seemed a natural progression,” said The Ropewalk’s managing director, Liz Bennet.
About four years ago The Ropewalk organised knit-in for knitters from all over the area who gathered to knit blue squares which were then sent off down to WaterAid in London to be sewn into what was the world’s first ever knitted petition.
Since then The Ropewalk has supported the charity by channelling money raised from its Book Swap shelves in the Coffee Shop and knitters who sold cushion covers and hot water bottle covers in the Craft Gallery.
“In January this year we were delighted to send to WaterAid £421 which paid for a school sanitation block and a puppet show to teach good hygiene practice,” said Liz. “And we are continuing our support through the Book Swap scheme.”
In a further development, the Coffee Shop has been registered as a refilling station for tap water joining more than 500 pubs, cafes and shops throughout the country who offer the facility.
“We always try to be as green as possible and at the moment we are the only facility within a 40 mile radius to offer this resource to members of the public,” Liz continued.
A refilling station is a cafe, shop or pub which provides tap water for free. A member of the public can come in to any refilling station and get a re-useable bottle filled with tap water at no charge. Details of all refilling stations can be found on www.tapwater.org