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The Met Office chooses WaterAid as its corporate charity

Howard Lake | 24 November 2012 | News

The Met Office has chosen WaterAid as its corporate charity to support over the next three years.

It chose the charity from over 30 applications which was reduced to a shortlist of three – WaterAid, Shelterbox and Computer Aid International. An online vote by staff was won by WaterAid with half of all votes cast.

ShelterBox had been the Met Office’s previous corporate charity partner since 2009.


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Rob Varley, Operations and Services Director at the Met Office, said: “We’re really pleased to be supporting WaterAid as our chosen charity. Access to clean water is something we take for granted in the UK, so it’s very encouraging that Met Office employees want to make a difference for the 1 in 8 people around the world who don’t share this luxury.”

One fundraising idea has already been introduced: staff are invited to leave any unwanted fruit, vegetables and books on a ‘sharing table’ for anyone to take in return for a donation to WaterAid. It raised nearly £500 in its first month.