From the 6th to the 12th of November 2023, Rotherham United Community Trust worked across the Rotherham community spreading the message #TidyUpOurTown.
This is a campaign that they have been working on for a while, with events such as a Swap Shop being launched before the #EFLWeekOfAction. The mission for the #EFLWeekOfAction was to conduct as many litter picks across the Borough, and get as many groups/communities involved as possible.
To say this was a success, is an understatement. The RUCT team worked with schools and partners through the week, and cleaned up over 1100kg of waste. As well as being joined by some special guests; Georgie Kelly, Fred Onyedinma, Tom Eaves, Arvin Appiah, Cafu, Sam Clucas, Dexter Lembikisa, and Daniel Ayala.
See what Georgie and Fred got up to at Blackburn Primary School:
Jonny Allan, Community Programme Manager said, “During the EFL week of action we organised or were involved with around 16 hours of organised litter picking, over 150 took part creating a combined 154 hours of litter picking across the town, we collected 66 full bags of litter which equates to over 1,100kg’s of waste taken off the streets. In terms of the health benefits to our litter pickers, an hour of litter picking equates, on average, to 2,000 steps so between us we’ve done a total of just over 300,000 steps, burning over 15,000 calories. Not only have we done something amazing for the local communities and the wider environment we’ve also been looking after our own health. I really am proud of what everyone has achieved this week from little KS1 pupils to local community volunteer groups to Rotherham United 1st team players it has been a real team effort, however, we have only scratched the surface, have a look around near where you live, can you make a difference?”
A big thank you to the following organisations, schools and people for their support and getting involved.
Rotherham United Football Club
Love Where You Live
Dinnington and Anston Volunteer Litter Pickers
Wales High School
Eastwood Village Primary School
Blackburn Primary School