A group of 15 colleagues from our stores in Kent and East Sussex teamed up to tidy the Lower Leas cliff area of Folkestone beach.
Our Folkestone store's community champion Abi McRoberts organised the litter pick with help from Folkestone and Hythe District Council, and she was joined by store manager Elizabeth Richards and colleagues from our stores in Broadstairs, Brighton Marina, Sittingbourne, Ashford, Chatham, Gravesend, Kingshill, Gillingham Pier, Crawley and Tunbridge Wells.
Abi, second left in the picture below, said: "It was a brilliant afternoon. It was great to see so many people chipping in and helping out for a good cause, making the beach an even better place for people to go. It's a really lovely beach.
"Folkestone beach is generally clean but we did manage to collect quite a bit of litter, including some glass, plastic and fish wire.
"We walked a good couple of miles each. Everyone enjoyed themselves. It was a really nice day and had fun working together – it was great.
"The council sorted us out with some equipment and helped out too."
Steve King, area officer at the council, said: "It was great to work with a group of people who are so enthusiastic and upbeat about helping the community and the environment, and it's great that Asda allow them to get involved with activities like this.
"It was a tremendous effort from everyone, we were delighted with how it went."
Claire Fosbeary, the community champion at our Sittingbourne store, was one of 11 Asda community champions who helped. She tweeted some pictures from the day:
Community Champions from Kent and Sussex all met up at Folkestone Beach to do a big Beach Clean Up.— community champion (@asdathebourne) May 15, 2019
It was a brilliant afternoon collecting rubbish and taking care of our environment.#plasticsunwrapped #teamwork #collectinglitter #ateam pic.twitter.com/9xucBMUM8m
Thank you to everyone who joined in!