M&S calls for volunteers for big beach tidy

Emily (4) and Harrison (2) Morcombe get stuck in at the M&S Big Beach Clean-Up, Glyne Gap Beach, Bexhill, last April. Photo courtesy of Richard Eaton
Emily (4) and Harrison (2) Morcombe get stuck in at the M&S Big Beach Clean-Up, Glyne Gap Beach, Bexhill, last April. Photo courtesy of Richard Eaton
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Retail giant Marks & Spencer is calling on Bexhillians to join together to help clear up Glyne Gap.

M&S is appealing for volunteers to help pick up litter as part of the retailer’s fourth annual Big Beach Clean up on Tuesday May 12.

Starting at 10am, the event will be hosted in partnership with the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) and invites local residents, businesses, students and societies to join them in helping to scoop up unwanted rubbish.

Robert Harford, store manager at M&S Bexhill, said: “A fantastic effort was made last year with around 250km of coastline and canals cleared which resulted in 4,000 bin bags full of litter collected across the country!

“This year we’re calling upon as many local people as possible to take part in their local Big Beach Clean Up event. It’s a great initiative that brings communities together to do something worthwhile but it’s always great fun too!”

The fourth annual Big Beach Clean Up will see events take place at 135 beaches and canals up and down the country between May 7-13.

It is expected that over 8,000 people, including 3,000 M&S employees, will take part.

Most of the litter collected will be common waste items such as wrappers, drink bottles and lids, wet wipes and fishing lines.

Last year 10,950 cotton buds, 21,900 wrappers, 55,600 plastic pieces were collected. cleaners also found an array of unusual items including false teeth, a hammer, a plastic leg, two motorbikes, a Smurf, a breast implant and an Action Man.

The M&S Big Beach Clean-up is part of M&S’ Forever Fish campaign which is funded by the profits from the 5p carrier bag charge in M&S foodhalls.

Since its introduction in 2008, the charge has reduced carrier bag use by 75 per cent and raised over £8 million for good causes.

Since the M&S Big Beach Clean-up began in May 2012 over 20,000 people have taken part and 62.5 tonnes of litter – the weight of Challenger 2 tank – has been cleared from canals and beaches.

Find out more at www.marksandspencer.com/plana and follow the event on twitter (@marksandspencer or search #beachclean)