Prince Charles sees WaterAid in action at Glastonbury Festival

24/06/10 - Prince Charles today spent time at Glastonbury Festival learning about the charities supported by the iconic music event.

As President of international charity WaterAid, Prince Charles was keen to hear how the charity, and the festival's other 'worthy causes' Oxfam and Greenpeace, have benefited from their long-standing partnership with Glastonbury.

The Prince spent time chatting with WaterAid's Chief Executive Barbara Frost and meeting some of the charity's 160 volunteers who help keep the festival site litter-free, provide water to thirsty revellers at the WaterAid stand by the Pyramid Stage and maintain the composting toilets in the King's Meadow.

Prince Charles also tried his hand at the Hunter for WaterAid welly shy at the Queen's Head stage. A variation on the traditional coconut shy, participants have to knock Hunter boots from their perch in return for a donation to WaterAid.

(Right: Prince Charles at WaterAid's welly shy , Photo Credit: WaterAid/Mark Pengelly)

Hunter Boot produce a limited edition WaterAid welly, launched at Glastonbury Festival in 2008, where £10 from the purchase price goes towards the charity's work to improve access to safe water, hygiene education and sanitation.

After the visit Barbara Frost commented: "We were thrilled that The Prince of Wales was able to make it to this year's Glastonbury, especially with it being such a special year for the festival.

"Many people won't be aware that festival organisers Michael and Emily Eavis have created an incredible legacy for both international and local charities and it was wonderful to see His Royal Highness make the trip to find out more about their support first hand and to see our very committed WaterAid volunteers in action."

Prince Charles has been President of WaterAid since 1991 and in 2008 he extended his Presidency for a further five-year period.

Since 1994 WaterAid's partnership with Glastonbury has raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for WaterAid's work and provided a platform to bring the global water and sanitation crisis to the attention of festival-goers and an even wider global audience.

'Don't Let it Drop' campaign

At this year's Glastonbury Festival, musicians are rallying behind WaterAid's 'Don't Let it Drop' campaign.

The campaign is supported by Michael and Emily Eavis, Faithless, Corinne Bailey Rae, Kate Nash, The Cribs, Foals, Joshua Radin, Ricky Wilson and Nick Hodgson from the Kaiser Chiefs, Salif Keita, Emmanuel Jal, The Duke Spirit, Goldie, Amadou and Mariam and Biffy Clyro.

The campaign is designed to send a message to world leaders ahead of a UN summit on global poverty this September. It calls on leaders not to let their promises on safe water and sanitation drop. The promises were made ten years ago when world leaders first came together at the UN to agree the Millennium Development Goals, a set of targets to tackle world poverty by 2015.

WaterAid's campaign film is being screened at Glastonbury on the big screens at the Pyramid and Other Stage over the festival weekend. Each artist sports a WaterAid 'droplet' tattoo and pledges not to let the issue drop.

Festival-goers are being encouraged to add their voice to the campaign by signing the petition and wearing the specially designed tattoo, which will be available at Glastonbury.

Michael and Emily Eavis, who visited WaterAid's work in Mozambique in 2006 to see first hand the difference that donations from the festival make, said: "We hope everyone at Glastonbury and everyone watching at home signs up to the Don't Let it Drop campaign.

"Water and sanitation are vital in getting people out of poverty and we all need to put our voice behind this message to world leaders."

Sister Bliss of Faithless said: "These promises have to be followed through with actions. Sanitation and water are so precious, we're so lucky to have them in this country.

"Imagine for one minute what it's like not to have sanitation or access to clean water where you live, to do all the things you need to do."

Corinne Bailey Rae added: "I've seen first hand how important water and sanitation are in helping people out of poverty ­ sign up now to show your support."