On that note, I would like to say a huge ‘thank you’ to our volunteers from the Lancaster and Penrith campuses who recently carried out a beach clean at Silloth Beach to help clear up some of the mess – and did a brilliant job! It was a great day to mark the start of many volunteering days over this academic year.
When we arrived at Silloth we were all given our litter pickers, gloves and bin bags and off we went to see what grotty bits of litter we could find. The bigger the pieces the better too, it was the only time I’ve ever seen people excited to find soiled nappies and abandoned push chairs! Marine animals can mistake rubbish for food and many have died from consuming plastic bags, fireworks debris, and cigarette butts so the little bits of rubbish we removed was also a big help.
It was a really rewarding day, lots of fun, it was a nice excuse to be outside and the hot chocolate and soup breaks back at the bus were a good way to warm everybody up.
If you would like to volunteer to do a beach clean or would like to be involved in other voluntary projects please contact me by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.