Delia Smith gives it up for water!

Much loved cookery writer Delia Smith is the latest person to give it up for water this Lent, calling on her online followers to support a cause close to her heart, and even offering a prize to the person who raises the most! 

 “One thing we all stand united on is hopefully our common belief in human life and human flourishing,” said Delia in a statement on her website.  “This is why…I have supported The Catholic Agency For Overseas Development for as many years as they have existed…”

“The funds they raise this year will be used to provide clean water for those without. There are a staggering 884 million people in dire need. So I’ve done the maths: if every one of our unique users here at gave just £1 we would raise 3.8 million. Please can you help me? I suggest you take a box or a jar with you and ask all your friends and anyone else who trusts you to use their money wisely to give you £1 to help someone somewhere get clean water.”

All of the money raised during Lent—both through Delia’s appeal as well as the actions and events in your parish, school, or community—will be matched by the UK Government through Match Funding.  With just over three weeks left in Lent, there’s plenty of time to make a tremendous splash against water poverty. 

A Norwich City supporter, Delia has pitched in a prize to sweeten the deal:

“To add a bit of fun to all this, I will be inviting one of you to join me and my family at a football match at Carrow Road that will include the winner plus 3 guests for champagne, lunch, and hopefully a glorious win!”

Delia’s full appeal, and all the details on how to enter the competition, can be found on her website:

For more information on how the UK Government is matching your donations this Lent—including important deadlines—visit

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