Christ Church team takes on squat challenge for Toilet Twinning charity

Members of the Christ Church Bridlington Network have completed a squat challenge to raise money for the Toilet Twinning charity.

Tuesday, 4th May 2021, 12:40 pm
Rev Oli Preston, Dr Anthony Clarke, Emma Miles, David Hickman and Paul Crabtree during the squat challenge. Photo submitted

The May Day Squat Challenge – held on Monday – saw a small team including Rev Oli Preston, Emma Miles and David Hickman, try to complete as many squat exercises they could within two minutes.

The team managed to complete 526 squats during that time and have raised hundreds of pounds in the process.

Toilet Twinning (toilettwinning.org/) is a charity that works with partners in developing countries to help people to build clean, safe toilets and taps.

Rev Oli Preston, Dr Anthony Clarke, Emma Miles, David Hickman and Paul Crabtree during the squat challenge. Photo submitted

Rev Preston said: “We haven’t been able to check how much we’ve raised yet, but we hope to have gathered at least a few hundred pounds more towards our target of £3,600.

“Over the last few months we have started to look at how our church community can engage with care for the environment and move towards a sustainable future.

“For each donation of £60 the charity works with a family or community to teach them about the benefits of good sanitation, and to train and equip them to build a safe toilet – and we get a certificate to put up in one of our loos!

“We aim to twin every toilet and tap in each of our buildings – including the portable toilet outside St Magnus in Bessingby.

“That is 31 toilets, and almost as many taps so we will need to raise a total of about £3,600.

“We have already made a good start to this. Helen, one of our church members, decided to go litter picking every day in lent and to ask for people to sponsor her for it.

“Other people started to join her too, and together they have done over 40 hours of litter picking, and have raised over £500 – enough to twin nine of our toilets.”