We’d like to thank Fylde Community Projects Fund for their generous donation to the LOVEmyBEACH project, which will enable us to purchase 50 new sets of kit.
Previously, volunteers would arrive at a beach clean event and borrow a set of kit for the duration of the clean and then return it at the end. However, since Covid we have adapted our set up to reduce infection risk as much as possible. Our frequent volunteers now have their own set of kit, which they are able to take home after each clean, meaning multiple people aren’t handling the same equipment.
This has actually been a brilliant change to our set up, which we probably should have introduced years ago! It allows volunteers to do more litter picking in their own time, rather than only having the equipment available for 2 hours a week. Something which we know many wonderful volunteers are currently doing up and down the coastline.
However, by giving out our supplies of kit, it did mean we were left short as previously multiple groups who cleaned on different days had shared the same set of kit. Thankfully an application to Fylde Community Projects Fund, led by Fylde Council, was successful! Thanks to their generous donation we can now purchase 50 new litter pickers, bag hoops and high vis vests. This will ensure LOVEmyBEACH groups are once again able to provide kit for members of the public and new beach cleaners to borrow, once we can resume larger group cleans.
LOVEmyBEACH also keep a stock of kit which we loan out to community groups and schools who want to beach clean independently, such as UR Potential, Blackpool FC Community Trust and The Police Cadets. This donation has allowed us to replenish these supplies and once allow a wider audience to take part in a beach clean. If your community group or school would like to beach clean on the Fylde Coast, please get in contact with firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note, LOVEmyBEACH groups are currently only heading out in teams of 6 and therefore unfortunately don’t have space available to welcome out members of the public. Please keep an eye on the LOVEmyBEACH social media pages for updates and we will add details to our calendar as soon as beach clean groups can welcome out the public again.