Litter-picking Asda community champions and colleagues tidy up their neighbourhoods

August 31, 2021

Community champions and colleagues from our stores across the UK have been teaming up with local groups to pick up litter at beauty spots, parks, beaches, canals and woodlands in their neighbourhood.

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Over the past few weeks they have taken part in hundreds of litter picks and filled thousands of bags full of rubbish and discarded items. Asda will be donating benches made out of the recycled waste collected to a park in each region across the UK.

In the West Midlands, Tracey Collins, community champion from our Small Health store, pictured above, joined fellow community champions Denise Alder (Minworth), Ellen Crooks (Cape Hill), Michaela Hawthorne (Queslett), Trish Chapman (Darlaston) and Emma Derry (Tipton) to clean up the around the Minworth store, the verges by the A38 and by the Birmingham and Fazeley Canal.

Tracey said: "We just thought we'd be Wombles and go on a litter hunt. We found a number of masks and gloves, plenty of plastic bottles and cans as well as a shopping trolley in the canal. We had a lovely day chatting to people along the way and we've decided to support each other on store litter picks to improve our areas in the future."

At our Donnington Wood store, community champion June Walker joined Telford Street Champions and children from Donnington Community Kids Holiday Club for a litter pick in their local area. June said: "We took off on foot when the rain stopped to take pride in our estate and we collected over 12 bags of rubbish in total. It was great teaching the kids about recycling."

Our Downpatrick store's community champion Linda Owens and colleagues helped Loughinisland Community Association with a village tidy up and managed to collect 20 bags of rubbish.

And Sharon Gray, the community champion from our Leith store, was joined by colleagues and pupils from Trinity After-School Club for a litter pick in Victoria Park.

Community champions from our stores across North East England, including Danielle Whigham from our Bishop Auckland store, teamed up for a litter-pick with the Durham Wildlife Trust at Boldon Colliery Woods:

Michelle Castledine and Jackie Burt from our Gosforth and Cramlington stores took part in a number of litter picks and tidy ups in the local area.

Colette Joynson, from our Bootle store, teamed up with the Friends of Derby Park to give the area a good tidy up.

And Sammyjo Hosey, community champion from our Luton store, joined forces with volunteers from The Friends of Wigmore Park for a community litter pick. They collected 11 bags of rubbish.

Community champions Gillian Summer and Mary Sutherland, from our Hamilton and Blantyre stores, teamed up with volunteers from Hamilton and Blantyre Litter Pickers to clean up around Bent Cemetery and they managed to collect an amazing 41 bags of rubbish!

And Debbie Kenney, community champion from our Leicester store, worked alongside the Friends of Highway Spinney on a community litter pick where they collected eight bags of rubbish.

Our St Austell store's community champion Emma Riley and colleagues took time out to clean up a wooded area near their store.

Tammie Wakefield and Gill Brady, community champions from our Radcliffe and Pilsworth stores in Bury, picked up litter from some park areas in their neighbourhood.

Our Boston store's community champion Stephen Bromby and colleagues worked together with members of Boston RiverCare group to pick up litter across the town.

And at our Isle of Wight store, community champion Clare Jones and colleagues helped to pick up litter and rubbish in the local area.

Community champions Christine Jones and Carolina Worthington from our Bolton and Farnworth stores took part in a litter pick at the Moses Gate Country Park in Little Lever.

And colleagues from our Bromsgrove store joined community champion Stephanie Yarrington on a litter pick near their store and in local parks.

And Asda Slough community champion and Park Ranger Rif Khan teamed up with local volunteers for a litter pick at Cippenham Moat.

Thanks to everyone who helped to make our communities a nicer, cleaner and tidier place to live.

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