AN ANDOVER woman with a passion for the environment is packing her wellies and heading to Glastonbury Festival to become a volunteer with a difference.

Instead of serving at one of the music event’s many bars or cleaning toilets, Siân Kear will be working with international charity WaterAid to refresh thirsty revellers while raising awareness of the millions of people who are denied access to clean water and decent toilets.

While others are spinning around to Kylie and dancing along to The Killers, Siân will be part of a team selling Glastonbury water bottles and refilling revellers’ bottles with free tap water from 37 WaterAid water kiosks on site including by the iconic Pyramid Stage.

And it will not be a quiet job for the 30-year-old as festival organisers have banned the sale of single-use plastic bottles on the site.

Siân said: “Having supported WaterAid for five years, I’m really pleased to have been selected to represent them at Glastonbury once again.

“Whether it’s queuing to get a drink, waiting to use a toilet, or not being as clean as they’d like, it’s the ideal setting for people to start to understand what it might be like for the millions of people who don’t have access to clean water or toilets.

“It’s shocking that one in nine people are denied access to clean water; it’s such a fundamental human right.

“Clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene should be normal for everyone everywhere.

“Glastonbury is a great opportunity to help engage thousands of people in a cause I feel passionately about. I love the fact I’m also part of Glastonbury’s efforts to reduce the amount of single-use plastic at the festival too.”

This year, there will be a record number of more than 600 WaterAid volunteers at the famous festival, providing water, collecting rubbish for recycling and cleaning the toilets.

Siân, who works at the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management, added: “It is always an experience volunteering with WaterAid, you see a different side to the festival. People are so grateful for the services that Water Aid are supplying for the festival — it is quite a rewarding experience.”

Previously WaterAid had around 13 water kiosks at the festival, but with the ban on bottles it has increased its offering to 37 points.