Andrew George MP supports Water Aid

Posted on: 27th September 2011

Local MP, Andrew George, visited Archie Brown’s health food shop, therapy space and café in Penzance yesterday (Monday 26th September), to recognise their achievements in raising funds for people in the developing world without clean water or sanitation.

Since 2009, customers of Archie Brown’s have raised over £1500 (£400 of which was raised during the summer season) for the international charity WaterAid, through voluntary donations in exchange for free tap water, as part of the charity’s Tap into WaterAid campaign this summer.

Mr George said: “I fully support the Tap into WaterAid campaign. It raises vital funds to tackle the urgent issue of unclean water and poor sanitation in developing countries and is another example of the important contribution local establishments make to the community here and abroad and demonstrates a commitment by the hospitality industry to resolving this pressing problem. I salute Archie Browns for taking this initiative, which is literally saving lives.”

More than 400 establishments across the UK are now part of the campaign, which raised funds towards life-saving water, sanitation and hygiene projects throughout Africa, Asia and the Pacific Region.

Helen Swift, Managing Director of Archie Brown’s, said: “It’s a really important cause, it doesn’t cost anything for us to do and the money goes where it is most needed. Just £15 can provide a lasting supply of safe water and sanitation so the little donations really do add up. Our customers have responded really positively to the campaign and I’m delighted that together we have been able to raise so much money for WaterAid.  I hope more cafés and other establishments will be inspired to get involved.”

For more information about Tap into WaterAid visit:


Also this week:


Mr George has visited the award-winning Polgoon Vineyard at Penzance, as part of a Liberal Democrat fundraising tour and picnic lunch.


Mr George visited the new Penwith College campus on Monday 26th September, and took the opportunity to meet with the staff and students.


Mr George also attended the Farming in Cornwall event at Mitchell Fruit Farm near Newquay today, 27th September.

Mr George, who is the Liberal Democrat’s Agriculture spokesman, was invited to attend the informal event by the NFU. He had the opportunity to discuss the role of farming in the county and was briefed on current food and farming issues.






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