Whilst this may sound like a strange title this is exactly what PETT did.
We may take access to safe, clean water for granted but this is a scarcity in some countries, so how did PETT give the gift of water.
PETT set-up a not-for-profit Tuck Shop, stocked with chocolate, sweets, drinks and snacks. Which proved to be a great hit with all the team, and some visitors also.
PETT collaborated with The WELL Foundation whose primary aim is to raise money to install Hand Pumps, Deep Bore wells and establish health & sanitation programmes to provide safe, clean drinking water for all.
Clean, safe drinking water is scarce. Today, nearly 1 billion people in the developing world don't have access to it. Yet, we take it for granted, we waste it, and we even pay a premium to drink it from little plastic bottles.
Water is the foundation of life. And still today, all around the world, far too many people spend their entire day searching for it.
The Tuck-Shop was a great success and the target of raising £300.00 for a hand pump in Sri Lanka was met, thanks to everyone at Prism with a sweet tooth.
The WELL Foundation then set to work finding a suitable location and installing the hand pump in Kakkamunai, in the area called Kinniya, Sri Lanka.
As you can see from the picture below the hand pump is having a great impact for families in the area.
Tube wells/hand pumps are manually operated and can lift water from about 30 metres beneath the ground. They are designed to last at least 10 years and can be easily maintained by the beneficiary.
The wells are located in convenient locations, often between a cluster of houses.
What a fantastic achievement. From the simple luxury of an office Tuck Shop to providing safe, clean water to a cluster of houses and families that could last for about 10 years.
Why not give it a try and set up your own tuck shop!
Supporting young people’s mental health
The challenge for society today is the mental health of young people, with increased social media and online use, many young people struggle emotionally. At a time when mental health support is not fully funded, where can young people turn?
Thankfully, they can turn to Visyon, a charity that was started 25 years ago by local Cheshire parents who were determined that their children got the right help at the right time to support their mental and emotional wellbeing.
Today, Visyon works with over 1,200 children and young people and their families across Cheshire and North Staffordshire per year. Many families have different issues, but Visyon helps them to overcome their challenges which can stem from bereavement or anxiety, through to family breakdown and bullying.
The outcome Visyon hope to achieve is to help these young people and their families to be happy and healthy, but as with all charities they reply on fundraising efforts to survive.
To help families Visyon provide counselling services to young people for free, but at a cost of £40 for an individual session and £150 for a group session, with the minimum requirement being six sessions, the costs soon add up.
“We need to keep the funds coming in to make sure that we have money in the pot so that we don’t have to turn people away.” Says Lee Fullerton, Visyon’s Marketing and Communications Executive.
“We also like to provide other self-care items which have worked well in the past. We created a ‘Journey’ book which helped over 11’s to continue their counselling journey after the sessions had finished. We wanted to create one for under 11’s too, but as with all these things there are costs involved.” said Lee.
PETT has recently donated £1,600 to Visyon which was raised at their Winter Wonderland event. This donation will fund the design and print of 5,000 ‘This is Me!’ booklets for children aged 11 and under.
"With PETT's help, we can help your children to carry on the wonderful counselling work when they leave the centre. The 'This is me!' booklets help to continue their positive journey at home, which really helps these children to be happy and healthy." Said Lee
“We will be focusing on continuing the good work we do with young people in the coming year. We cannot thank PETT enough for their support and the way it enables us to help these young people is invaluable. Helping them to be happy is our ultimate goal.”
If you would like to support Visyon please visit https://www.visyon.org.uk/