Water sparkles at Buxted pub event

Candice with children in Madagascar
Candice with children in Madagascar

A charity is teaming up with a pub in Buxted to help raise money and the profile of the work it carries out in developing countries.

Fresh2O is a new organisation - founded in East Sussex - which has come up with a novel way to raise money and highlight the global threat to millions of people who only have access to contaminated water. It plans to sell pints of clean water in the local pub.

The clean water organisation Fresh2O (www.fresh2o.org) - which launched with a flood of top celebrity endorsements last year - has joined forces with the White Hart Inn, Buxted (www.thewhitehartbuxted.co.uk), for a special event on Wednesday, June 4.

Fresh20 distributes special water filters all over the world as part of its programme to provide safe water to thousands of endangered communities. Its founder is award-winning fashion and celebrity photographer and Hadlow Down resident, Candice Farmer. Candice said: “We distribute a range of water filters, from handheld devices to large systems capable of cleaning millions of gallons of water. Four thousand children die across the planet every day because they have no access to clean water. Fresh2O runs a series of programmes in the worst hit areas to provide clean water. This event on June 4 is aiming to raise awareness and raise money.”

On the day people can meet some of the celebrities who helped get Fresh2O off the ground. And landlord Tyrone Fitzgerald will have special optics in the pub filled with dirty water - but they are all fitted with a Fresh2O filter which is made by US company Sawyer.

Tyrone explained: “It seems like a crazy idea. But the water is clean and drinkable when it comes passed through the filter. This device is saving lives and I feel we need to bring Candice’s dedication and efforts to the people.”

A pint of water will cost £1 and proceeds will go to the Fresh2O fund.

“No one will have to down a whole pint and there will be bottles of water and our usual range of beverages at the event,” added Tyrone.

Candice became famous for her iconic images of top celebrities pictured under water, photographed for the charity, which featured in the Sussex Express. These included Keira Knightley and Lily Cole, Sir Nick Faldo and Kelly Brooke.

Keira Knightley is one of Fresh2O’s most vocal supporters and helped launch the organisation.

A number of original prints by Candice will also be on show and on sale at the event.

The White Hart was refurbished last year and is now under new management.