A spectacular fountain of tennis balls has been created in Greenwich Park to bring awareness.

WaterAid and the Wimbledon Foundation have created the fountain of 2,631 tennis balls to mark the number of lives that could be saved on average each day if everyone everywhere had clean water and decent toilets.

Two weeks before the start of The Championships, Wimbledon 2019, the installation that overlooks the London skyline is a poignant reminded of the huge numbers of people around the world who could be enjoying a better future.

Across the world, 1 in 10 people don’t have clean water and 1 in 4 lack access to a decent toilet.

Without these basic necessities children often miss school due to the burden of water collection or water-related illnesses and every day, thousands of lives are lost.

Each tennis ball that makes up the fountain represents a death that could be prevented if everyone everywhere had clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene.

The partnership between WaterAid and the Wimbledon Foundation is helping to make clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene normal for health centres, schools and communities in Ethiopia, Malawi and Nepal.

The fountain is part of their #TeamWater campaign.

Helen Parker, Head of the Wimbledon Foundation said:"It’s hard to imagine life without access to clean water, yet for 1 in 10 people around the world, this is a daily reality, holding whole communities back from fulfilling their potential.

“Clean water and good sanitation are vital ingredients for health, education and success. The Wimbledon Foundation is proud to team up with WaterAid to champion water for everyone everywhere and help prevent lives being lost needlessly.”

Ketilina Nyundo, 37, a mother of three from Malawi, said her life was transformed when WaterAid helped bring water to her village.

Ketilina said: “Since we received a bore hole in the village, life has never felt better. As a community, we have had our livelihoods elevated. More children are going to school. People are now able to build better houses. As a mother, I am now proud to be able to support my children. Unlike in the past where they had to report late for their classes, things have improved now. On top of that, they are doing quite well in school.”

The fountain installation will also be on display at this year’s Championships which begin on July 1.

The tennis balls for this installation were gifted by Slazenger, the Official Ball of The Championships, and will be recycled following The Championships.