Giles Watling, MP for Clacton, has given his support to the Clacton On-Sea Toilet Twinning initiative, coordinated by local resident Tony Meloy.

Tony, a member of the Pier Avenue Baptist Church, started fundraising for the Toilet Twinning initiative four weeks ago, and has already raised £600, whilst twinning 10 toilets. Tony only needs to twin 10 more to make Clacton a "Toilet Twinned Town". To help achieve that goal, a "Toilet Tea Dance" will be held at Pier Avenue Baptist Church, and a music video will be released to help raise awareness of this important initiative.

Toilet Twinning is a water and sanitation initiative, and for every £60 raised, a toilet is built somewhere in a third world country – which helps those in desperate poverty access a proper latrine, clean water and the information they need to be healthy. Twinned Toilets receive a certificate, complete with a colour photo of its twin and GPS coordinates so you can look up your twin on Google Maps.

Giles said: “I would like to thank Tony for all he has done in such a short space of time. By raising money in this way, we can help the most vulnerable throughout the world, and I hope that residents will do all they can to support this valuable initiative.”

Find out more information about the local scheme by emailing Tony Meloy:

Find out more about the Toilet Twinning scheme here.