Members of a church congregation did more than spend a penny when they decided to twin their toilets.
Eight toilets at Buckshaw Village Community Centre have been twinned with toilets around the world thanks to the generosity of members of Buckshaw Village Church, which is based there.
They held a special church service to mark the fifth anniversary of both the church and charity Toilet Twinning and they collected donations.
Carol Heaton, a member of the church, wanted to get three of the toilets twinned after supporting the charity a few years ago by twinning the toilet at her home in Chorley.
But the idea proved to be so popular that enough money was raised to twin all of the toilets at the community centre.
Carol, who is a teacher at St Laurence’s CE Primary School in Chorley and also had toilets there twinned, said: “I’m really delighted.
“We were hoping to go for three toilets, but in fact there are eight toilets in the community centre and they are all being twinned.”
It costs £60 to twin a toilet and the money is used to help more families gain access to toilets, clean water and to promote good hygiene.
In return, Toilet Twinning sends a framed certificate featuring a photograph of the toilet, its location and its longitude and latitude co-ordinates.
The toilets at the community centre have been twinned with toilets around the world, including in Sierra Leone, Uganda and the Philippines, and the framed certificates will be put on display for everyone to see.
The idea of toilet twinning has caught on and members of the congregation are now following Carol’s lead by twinning their toilets at home.
Some people have paid for it using the compensation received from United Utilities following the recent water problems.
And they hope the twinning will spread further, as the certificates appear in bathrooms and get people talking.
Stuart Longworth, who is also a member of the church, is in the process of twinning the toilet at his home on Aycliffe Drive, Buckshaw Village.
He said: “We want to carry on now and keep highlighting the charity and the work they are doing.
“We think it would be great if we could get more and more toilets to be twinned.
“I would love to go round to a neighbour’s house, nip to the loo and see it has been twinned with somewhere.”
To twin a toilet or find out more, go to www.toilettwinning.org.