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Harriet turns heads at Glastonbury with charity costume
5:00pm Thursday 3rd July 2014 in News
HARRIET Henry was the talk of festival goers with her novel outfit – a giant poo!
Harriet’s costume was aimed at raising awareness of the work of WaterAid at the Glastonbury Festival.
The 18-year-old and her mum Sue were part of an army of 200 WaterAid volunteers making a splash at Worthy Farm.
Harriet donned her outfit when she and her mum collected signatures for a petition, with Sue dressed as a toilet.
“Harriet’s costume was a real talking point, and people could not believe it,” said Sue.
“It was a real ice-breaker when we approached people, and made everyone laugh. The children were fascinated by it.”
It was the first visit to the festival for Sue and Harriet, from Freshfields in Knutsford, during which they worked in the ShePees, the most popular toilets for women at the festival.
“We had an amazing time as part of the WaterAid team, enjoying the fantastic festival atmosphere and meeting hundreds of friendly people,” said Sue, who works part—time in the Victoriana tea room in Knutsford.
“People were very sympathetic to the cause as taps and toilets are never far from your mind at a festival, so it was the ideal opportunity to engage tens of thousands of people in water and sanitation issues.”
Sue and Harriet, who has just finished her A-levels at Knutsford Academy, have supported WaterAid for 10 years.
Sue gives talks for the charity at local groups, and Harriet has raised funds and taken part in awareness-raising campaigns.
“I became interested in WaterAid because people cannot climb out of poverty without the fundamentals of clean water and sanitation,” said Sue, who also works for her family’s business management consultancy.
Sue and Harriet worked for four to six hours a day on the ShePees, handed out water and helped collect 38,000 names for a petition calling for access to safe, clean water and toilets for everyone, everywhere by 2030.
They had the chance to watch some performers, including the memorable show by Dolly Parton.
“There was a crowd of 80,000 for Dolly, and it was an amazing experience,” said Sue.