Former Beatles drummer Ringo Starr has called on gardeners to dig deep and help save sick kids living in poverty.

Ringo Starr and Barbara Bach (copyright: IPC)

Ringo is backing WaterAid, a charity working in 27 countries.

Since 1981, it has helped 17.5million people access a safe water supply – but 2,000 children still die every day from diseases caused by dirty water.

Keen gardener Ringo told Amateur Gardening: “It’s disgusting in this day and age that thousands of children are dying because they don’t have access to clean water. People are drinking absolute sludge.

“We don’t understand it because we can just turn on a tap. They’ve got to wait for the monsoon.”

The Herbert Smith Freehills Garden for WaterAid at Chelsea featured a rainwater harvesting and storage jar designed by Ground Force’s Tommy Walsh.

Around 783million people live without safe water – that’s one in 10 of the world’s population.