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Hawes pupils set to 'walk for water'

[Thursady 27 April 2006]

SCHOOL KIDS from Hawes will be stepping out in style tomorrow to help raise money for new mains-fed water coolers for their school.

The region's biggest sponsored walk has been taking place throughout the course of this week and has seen 3,000 young people from 20 schools across Yorkshire covering thousands of miles as they seek to raise cash for the installation of water coolers donated by Yorkshire Water.

Hawes kids step out for Cool Schools campaign
Hawes kids step out for Cool Schools campaign

Pupils from Hawes Primary School are taking part in the pioneering Cool Schools initiative, launched by Yorkshire Water in 2002, which has already seen more than 900 coolers installed in more than 500 primary schools around Yorkshire.

However, while dehydration and poor health among children remains a growing concern, the company says it remains determined to offer mains-fed water coolers free of charge, with the schools asked only to pay for their installation and maintenance.

It is hoped the money raised by the sponsored walks will help each school cover the reduced installation cost of £150, and provide more children with easy access to chilled water throughout the school day.

Yorkshire Water Cool Schools campaign manager Louise Bradbury said: "Our Cool Schools campaign has been running for three years now and we estimated it has already reached around 200,000 children.

"However, Walk for Water Week is a new initiative to get kids active while getting them thinking about the importance of keeping hydrated throughout the day."

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