24 March 2013
Our new corporate charity is WaterAid, an international organisation that helps provide safe water, sanitation and hygiene education to the world's poorest communities.
Met Office staff are set to raise money for WaterAid over the coming years after the non-governmental organisation was chosen to be our corporate charity until 2015.
We received over 30 applications from a variety of organisations to be considered as our corporate charity. Three shortlisted charities, Computer Aid International, ShelterBox and WaterAid, visited the Met Office in Exeter to present their case to Met Office employees. WaterAid was eventually chosen after an online vote by Met Office staff.
Laura Middleton-Padgham from WaterAid said: "We are absolutely delighted to have been chosen by Met Office employees as their corporate charity. People working for our corporate partners play a huge role in raising funds for our vital work and helping to raise awareness of the shocking fact that around 2,000 children die every day as a result of diseases caused by dirty water and poor sanitation. I want to say thank you to Met Office employees for sharing our vision of a world where everyone has access to safe water to drink and decent sanitation. Together we can make a real difference."