Anglian Water becomes corporate sponsor of West Hartlepool RFC to support local community
18 May 2021
The region’s water company Anglian Water has this week announced its corporate sponsorship of Hartlepool-based, West Hartlepool Rugby Football Club in order to support the club and local community that it serves.
Anglian, which has supplied the town with drinking water since 1997, recognised its shared values and purpose with the club, more commonly known as "West", providing the club with sponsorship of its new building, pitch perimeter and a selection of first-team games.
Wendy Reed, Anglian’s Billing Customer Care Centre Manager in Hartlepool, said: “Water is our business, but we always strive to go the extra mile for the communities we serve and that is why we are very proud to support West and the role it plays in the health and wellbeing of the wider community.
“As a regional company, we want the communities we provide safe, clean drinking water with to prosper, and West are an excellent example of this. Despite being a club run by volunteers, they have continued to operate as the heart of the community during testing times, acting as more than just a rugby club, and that community-driven focus is what makes them a great fit alongside our purpose to bring environmental and social prosperity to the region we serve through our commitment to Love Every Drop.”
Dave Picken, Secretary of West Hartlepool RFC, said: “Anglian’s support comes at a very important time for the club and is very welcome. In recent years we have invested in our facilities to provide rugby for every age group from our “Little Deers” who start from the age of two up to our walking rugby players, some of whom are in the seventies.
“During the Covid lockdown we have also opened our new artificial grass pitches for football, touch rugby and other activities so we share the same values as Anglian Water in serving the whole of our local community. “
Anglian Water, through increased engagement with the community, hope to encourage customers to save water wherever possible, not only benefitting the environment but helping customers to save money on their water bill as well.
“We know that household budgets can sometimes be difficult to balance, so we want to do all we can to help our customers in Hartlepool reduce their water bill. The best way to save money (and water) is to get a water meter installed – saving around £100-150 a year on average – or implementing easy changes like shorter showers or only using the washing machine during a full load.
“Our dedicated Customer Services Team can also help with a range of tariffs available for customers in certain circumstances. LITE (Low Income Tariff for Eligible Households) has been designed to support people with low disposable income who may be struggling to afford their water bill. Applications are independently assessed by the Citizens Advice Bureau, and a discount of up to 80% is available,” Wendy continued.