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Meriden teenager raising money to help Indian families

A Meriden teenager has carried 10 litres of water around a busy city centre to highlight the plight of families in India who have to trek miles to fetch water

A Meriden teenager has carried 10 litres of water around a busy city centre to highlight the plight of families in India who have to trek miles to fetch water.

Charlotte Miller, aged 19, hauled the bulky bottles around Coventry’s Memorial Park on Wednesday of this week.

She completed three two-mile journeys and hopes her unusual endeavour will raise £800 for the charity Raleigh International.

“This is a chance to recreate the hardship that people in India, especially women, have to endure every day just to access clean water,” she said.

“I’ve practised carrying the water and it’s hard work. It makes me realise just how difficult it is.

“An estimated 72 per cent of Indians lack access to sanitation facilities. Anything that will help improve the livelihoods of people will be worthwhile.”

Charlotte will also volunteer for 10 weeks with the charity this summer, helping to build cattle sheds for farmers and community toilets at a village in Tamil Nadu, India.

To make a donation log on to www.justgiving.com/charlottemiller17.

 

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