A student whose Tinder date hit the headlines thanks to toilet troubles has managed to help people in another country – by providing them with loos of their own.
Student Liam Smyth became notorious earlier this year when he posted online about a date who got stuck upside down in a window pane, trying to retrieve poo she had try to throw outside.
Liam had invited the unnamed woman back to his flat to watch TV when she when she went to use his toilet.
But she returned saying she failed to flush and, in a panic, had wrapped her excrement in tissue paper and thrown it out of the window where it became trapped between two panes.
In a bid to retrieve it she over-reached and got struck in the gap between the glass.
Liam called the fire service to his flat in Clifton, Bristol who confirmed they rescued the woman after smashing the glass.
In September the story went viral after Liam set up a fundraising page to pay for the broken window.
The campaign covered the cost of the glass and raised an extra £2,500, which he has now split between the Fire Fighters Charity and Toilet Twinning.
The charity help build latrines for people living in poverty in developing countries and the money has paid for 20 toilets in Malawi.
Liam said: “It was a crazy thing to happen, but it’s amazing to have had such an impact in the developing world as a result.
“I was expecting to raise a few hundred quid for the window, and maybe get an interview on the local radio. I was never expecting this to go as far as it did.”
Malawi village leader Spencer Khunga said: “There’s a big change.
“People used to have to go to the hospital a lot but now they are working for the improvement of our community.
“Every so often, I go round checking people are washing their hands with soap. Now we have a good life.”
Toilet Twnning CEO Lorraine Kingsley said: “Liam’s decision to mention us in his crowdfunder was a PR gift for us as the story went viral.
“It raised our profile across the world and enabled 20 households in Malawi to have a life-changing loo, so we are extremely grateful to him.”
Liam was studying for his Master’s Degree in sociology at Bristol University at the time.
He added: “A lot of people thought the story was part of my sociology course, some sort of social experiment, but I couldn’t have made it up.
“If I had, I’d be working as a comedy writer now.”
Asked about the woman in question, he added: “We didn’t end up dating, but we’re still good friends.”