Lending a hand….Making a change
5 GoodGymers made their way 2.0km to help the Slough BID in Slough.
- Monday, 8th of May 2023
- Led by Manjit Birk
It’s bank holiday Monday (the extra one) and 35 locals have all decided to offer up 2 hours of their day to help on a huge community litter pick. Now that’s what I call Love Slough!
Lend us a hand
The original idea came from a meeting I had with Rif from Slough Bid (Love Slough). We wanted to work together on a task and create more unity in Slough.
I mentioned I had this idea that we could get lots of community groups/members to all do a litter pick across Slough on The Big Help Out Bank Holiday.
Rif mentioned that Leonie from St Mary’s Church was also looking at doing a task that day so hey presto… an idea was born all in a 10 minute chat.
We spilt the tasks with me liasing with Slough Council for pickers, bags and collection of bags at the end. Rif would do the poster and liaise with Leonie on the task at the Church and with Tagreed on volunteers via Slough CVS.
Within a few weeks our plan was coming together nicely.
What is it with Bank Holidays and the weather. One day rainy, next day sunny then Monday with predicted heavy downpours at the time of our event!
But the sun shines on the righteous as 35 volunteers trickled into the church grounds for the safety briefing and equipment collection, the clouds drifted away revealing a shining sun over Slough.
We then spent the next hour collecting litter from the beautiful grounds of St Mary’s Church. We had The Mayor, The Mayoress and their granddaughter, 10 employees from McDonalds branches across Slough, employees from The Moxy hotel, volunteers from Slough CVS, St Mary’s Church, The NHS as well as local councilors, local residents and of course 5 of our own team members and 2 from The Slough Bid team.
In 35 minutes we had collected 29 bags of rubbish! Including the usual haunts of food wrappers, cans, but also light bulbs, umbrellas, clothing, hangers and discarded sleeping bags.
Teddy bears picnic
After a quick photo with the collected hoard we ventured into town with another 45 minute time frame given and a meeting time of 13:30 in the town square.
Again an amazing effort by all especially those who hit the alleyways! Another 16 bags of litter collected making it a total of 45 bags!
Luckily the refuse team were on hand to collect the bags from us so no rubbish was left lying around… another great result!
The event finished with a finale of meeting Teddy from Teddy’s playtime. I’m sure more adults had selfies with him than children. We finished just before 2… just in time for our picnic lunch from Jack’s!
Lending a hand really does make change happen. Today’s event was full of co-operation, networking and of course making Slough cleaner and greener.
Huge well done to you all - and thank you for coming on a Bank Holiday.
Report written by Manjit Birk
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