Five embrace community clean-up challenge
Reporter: Ken Bennett
Date published: 25 July 2020
The five youngsters are pictured (left to right) with some of the rubbish: Amy Cummings, Millie Foster, Mary Brierley, Lola Simpson and Alice Winfield
Five community-focused youngsters embraced a challenge set by their village school and organised a litter pick around Lydgate and Grotton park.
The five, who join Saddleworth School in September from St Annes CofE Lydgate, rose to the challenge as part of the school's 'Vision of Hope Challenge'.
Millie Foster said: "We were chatting one day and wondering what to do when Alice Winfield came up with the idea of a litter pick."
This came after hearing reports from local residents on social media that a couple of the girls' favourite hangouts were starting to look a mess with litter.
So, backed with support from the local community and Oldham Council, the team, armed with litter pickers, set off on a wet afternoon collecting rubbish and litter from around the villages.
Millie said:"We collected lots of crisp packets, drinks bottles and dog poo bags which was pretty disgusting.
"We even found a lost iphone later and reunited it with its grateful owner."
And the girls declared that despite taking a soaking, morale was high and they were glad to be able to support their local community.
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