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Refill bottle station introduced at medical centre

Frome Medical Practice has introduced a new refill bottle station at the Frome Health Centre building on Enos Way.

The concept of the new refill bottle station came from the practice itself, who then joined forces with Josie Shillabeer of Refill Frome. The growing national refill scheme encourages making free and safe drinking water available to all. Local resident Josie was inspired to make a difference in her community after learning more about the environmental impact of plastic.

The first person to use the new refill bottle station at the GP practice was Frome’s mayor, cllr Sheila Gore.

“I am delighted to be the first to use the new water installation at the practice,” she said. “This scheme fits perfectly with our “say no to plastic campaign” and efforts to reduce single cup use. It also goes hand in hand with encouraging a healthy lifestyle through drinking more water on a regular basis.  It is great to see so many places in Frome embracing this initiative.|

The introduction of the water station was made possible due to the generous fundraising efforts of two of the practice staff, Ali and Jazz Grey. Additionally, the money raised by Ali and Jazz also helped ensure that everyone at the practice was provided with their own metal water bottle, made by leading manufacturers onegreenbottle.

“Providing water for our patients and visitors is really important and being able to do so in a way which encourages us all to make some small changes that make a big difference, has made supporting this scheme so worthwhile,” explains Ali.

The practice is keen to help promote the scheme throughout the town.  They are giving away five stainless steel drinking bottles made by onegreebottle to local residents.  To take part all you need to do is follow  Refill Frome on facebook www.facebook. com/refillfrome/ and post a picture of yourself using one of the 10 refill stations already signed up in Frome, or alternatively tweet a picture on @FromeMedPractic.  The winners will be drawn at the end of May by Josie from Refill Frome.

The Frome Medical Practice has also recently signed up to the ‘Green Impact Award Scheme’ which encourages GP surgeries across the country to implement a wide range of simple measures to improve sustainability.

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