Gracie design is loo winner

A LINK-UP between a Todmorden business and a Rossendale charity has helped improve life for residents of an Indian village.

Bear Wholefoods and Cafe has helped fundraise for the Rossendale-based charity the Water Project, with the result that the project’s model compost toilets have been set up at the village of Triupati in India

The project has been working with a charity in India called ROPE (Rural Organisation for Poverty Eradication) funding the building of 60 Eco-San compost toilets in villages in and around Tirupati, which is in south India. Bear have been supported this through donating raffle prizes and selling raffle tickets.

“We thought of an idea of a collection pot made like a mini eco toilet to place in store, which we made and placed on the counter along with a fact sheet all about the toilets people would be supporting when they donate into the collection pot,” a project spokesperson said.

The idea was that the Bear would initially try to raise £200 - the cost of a toilet to be built - in store through people’s donations and then a symbol could be placed on the door.

A competition to design a symbol for the door was won by a nine-year-old called Gracie from Todmorden.

Her winning symbol has been painted on the door of one of the toilets installed in the village.