Drinking water is good for you – and for Africa

Water help in Africa from Apsley's Medicx Pharmacy.
Water help in Africa from Apsley's Medicx Pharmacy.

A pharmacy based in Apsley is helping to provide fresh drinking water to people thousands of miles away in Zimbabwe.

Medicx Pharmacy in London Road has been donating money to its water cooler supplier AquaAid for 18 months and this is the second ‘elephant pump’ that has been supported by the pharmacy.

It has been installed by The Africa Trust charity and villagers in Manicaland, Zimbabwe, will now be able to enjoy clean, fresh drinking water from a pump that carries the message, ‘A gift from your friends at Medicx Pharmacy.’

Apsley pharmacy manager Harpreet Sharma said: “It’s wonderful to think that a community in Zimbabwe has its own fresh drinking water thanks to the donations we have made by buying water for our patients to drink.

“The life saving pumps that AquaAid provide are vital to communities such as this one in Manicaland and we are delighted that Medicx Pharmacy is able to support such a worthwhile project in Africa.”

Fern Shaw, of AquaAid Africa, said: “It is extremely important that we receive help from companies such as Medicx Pharmacy. It is only through the ongoing support of businesses that we are able to continue to carry out this vital work.

“It makes a huge difference to people’s lives in these communities, who would otherwise have to walk several miles to find water and even then, may find it contaminated.”

To find out more about services available at Medicx – comprised of 21 practices across the UK including the one in Hemel Hempstead – visit medicxpharmacy.com.