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A £3,500 donation from a Lake District hotel group has helped a local school complete the installation of a composting toilet and outbuilding alongside its sports field.

English Lakes Hotels Resorts & Venues has been working with Beetham C of E Primary School on the project to build the composting toilet, with the donation adding to fundraising efforts to cover the installation costs.

The addition of the outdoor composting toilet means that the school’s teachers can deliver a greater variety of lessons using the recreational field and for longer periods with minimal disruption when pupils need to go back into the main building to use the facilities.

The project has also involved environmental and educational themes with the school working with English Lakes Hotels to certify the composting toilet under the Toilet Twinning partnership between development charities Cord and Tearfund.

The facility will be paired with a purpose-built latrine in a third world country to give an overseas community access to clean water and sanitation.

Beetham C of E Primary School head teacher Abi Johnson says: “As a small school on the edge of Arnside and Silverdale Area of Outstanding National Beauty, we nurture a friendly and caring environment and we’re constantly looking for ways to improve our grounds and facilities for our students.”

“We’re very grateful to English Lakes Hotels for getting involved in the project and making such a significant donation. The Toilet Twinning idea has also provided a strong, caring educational theme on overseas development and sanitation for the students to consider.”

The donation from the hotel group was made via its Sam’s Club Charity which supports local charities and good causes.

Adam Bujok from English Lakes Hotels Resorts & Venues adds: “We were invited to tour the school and were really impressed with their plans to improve their facilities. The composting toilet and outbuilding was an ideal project to help fund as it dovetails with our commitment to the Toilet Twinning initiative which provides clean water to poor communities and helps reduce spread of disease and premature deaths.”


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