Scarborough friends to pick up combined body weight in litter for Saint Catherine's

Two Scarborough friends are waging a war on waste – and raising funds for Saint Catherine’s at the same time

Thursday, 15th October 2020, 9:41 am
Updated Thursday, 15th October 2020, 9:44 am
Meshell Heelbeck (left) and Claire Howard litter picking in Falsgrave Park.

Claire Howard and Meshell Heelbeck, who work together and are both social workers, have set themselves a challenge that by January 1, 2021, they will pick their combined bodyweight of 132kg in litter.

Claire came up with the idea after self isolating and missing her daily walks during lockdown.

Both ladies are keen supporters of Saint Catherine’s and wanted to do something to help.

Claire said: “It’s going really well so far.

"We got 7kg one Saturday and five bags full from along the Cinder Track.

"I think we might hit our target before January 1. If we do, we might try to litter pick the weight of a baby elephant next!”

Meshell added: “We both have personal links to the hospice and know the impact that Covid-19 has had on fundraising.

"Fundraising is an essential part of running this amazing establishment that costs approximately £6m per year to run.”

The pair have set a fundraising target of £200 and will be posting weekly updates about progress, having already carried out successful litter picks at Scarborough seafront, Throxenby Mere and the Cinder Track.

Click here to find out more or to sponsor their efforts.

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