Streetwise praises litter-picking sisters

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Two litter-picking sisters who completed a ten-day challenge to make their local area litter free whilst also raising money for charity have been praised by Streetwise Environmental.

Eight-year-old Alice and six-year-old Emily spent an hour every day of their half-term litter picking in West Bridgford whilst attempting to raise £100 for the Alzheimer’s Society.

Such was the success of their project and the inspiration it brought to others, they raised over twenty times their target, donating £2,030 to the charity.

Streetwise, Rushcliffe Borough Council’s partner grounds maintenance firm, heard about the sister’s efforts and have now gifted both Alice and Emily with their own mini litter pickers and a £20 book voucher for their work.

Sue Harvey, Business Development Manager at Streetwise met the sisters and their parents, Hannah and Jason, at Bridgford Park in West Bridgford to safely hand over their vouchers and to thank them for their efforts.

Sue said: “It was lovely to meet Emily and Alice and to present them with their book voucher to say thank you for such fabulous work, they’ve made a real impact on the environment in their local community.

“We hope they enjoy reading the books they choose and we’re sure that the money raised will be incredibly useful for such a great cause.”

Hannah added: “We’re really proud of our daughters’ efforts in both their litter picking and fund raising for the Alzheimer’s Society.

“Charities have struggled during the lockdown restrictions, with events and charity shops closing so it’s brilliant they’ve been able to raise this amount.

“Both Alice and Emily love to read and have really missed being able to go into a book shop to pick up a book to take home.

“So, they really happy to receive a voucher from Streetwise and are really looking forward for book shops opening again!”

Rushcliffe Borough Council’s Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Community and the Environment Cllr Abby Brennan said: “The work that Emily and Alice have been doing is brilliant and they’ve far surpassed their initial target by such a huge amount which is amazing!

“We’re so glad to be able to help them with their litter picking sessions and even more so that Streetwise were able to give them a token of our appreciation for such great work.

“It’s really inspiring to see young people get involved with efforts to make their part of the Borough even tidier and to also raise the profile of a national charity that is close to their family’s hearts.”

Anyone wishing to make their area of Rushcliffe even tidier by litter-picking can contact Streetwise.