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Boston volunteers' annual community clean-up boosted by Asda's support

April 11, 2018 01:18pm
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A big well done to all the volunteers in Boston who've come together for their annual community effort to pick litter and tidy the town.

Our Boston store's community champion Stephen Bromby secured a £400 donation from the Asda Foundation to provide equipment and lunch for people helping remove rubbish during the Big Boston Clean Up, which takes place in the town every April.

Asda Boston community champion Stephen Bromby hands over the £400 grant to big Boston clean up
Stephen presenting the group with the cheque

He was joined by a number of other colleagues from the store, who defied the cold and wet weather to help with the clean-up effort.

Stephen said: "We concentrated on a different area of the town each day. Last year we were wearing polo shirts; the weather was much worse this year, but we all got wrapped up and got on with it!

"As more and more people become concerned about the environment, this event helps make a difference. It's one of Boston's biggest community events of the year with probably the biggest feelgood factor.

"It allows people to meet their neighbours too, it's a good social thing to get involved in."

Asda Boston colleagues Stephen Bromby and Tina Brown at the clean up
Stephen with colleague Tina Brown

Jenny Moore, Boston Borough Council's environmental sustainability and enforcement officer, said: "Stephen and colleagues have been extremely helpful in getting involved in the clean up each year, and with the grant application too. It's great to have that level of support from one of the major retailers in the town.

"The funding has been crucial to the clean up campaign. We used this to purchase equipment for the pickers like gloves, and high visibility waistcoats. It also contributed to providing lunches for all the volunteers.

Asda Boston colleagues join clean up volunteers
Hundreds of local people took part

"This year was the 11th clean up, it's become quite well known. It raises awareness of the issues we face with litter and fly tipping, it brings people together and of course gives the town a thorough clean up."

Many businesses and partner agencies such as the Environment Agency and the internal drainage boards support the event, helping clean the streets and waterways.

From April 9th-12th around 100 volunteers and clean-up members meet each morning at 9am at the council offices at Municipal Buildings, West Street, and are equipped for the day with collection sacks, mechanical litter pickers, gloves and high-visibility safety vests and given their areas to work in. All volunteers get a free lunch.

If you want to get involved next year please fill in the online form at http://bit.ly/2n6SDd6, telephone Jen on 01205 314583 or pop into Municipal Buildings for a pledge form.

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