Local MP Gordon Henderson was joined by the Mayor of Swale, Cllr Sue Gent, at the UK Paper Leisure Club on Thursday night to present local school children with prizes for this year’s Litter Angels anti-litter poster competition.
Litter Angels is a charity set up by Mr Henderson in 2008 to create, through education, awareness about the anti-social nature of litter and its effect on our local environment.
The Mayor presented a Litter Angels certificate and a mug, individually made for each child by Little Potters, to the winner from each school. Altogether 17 schools took part in the competition.
The overall winning poster was designed by Kristan-Lee Kruger, who attends Milstead & Frinsted CofE Primary School. Kristan received a cheque for £50 and her school received a cheque for £100. The winning poster will now be printed and displayed in the car parks of the McDonalds restaurants in Sittingbourne, Bobbing and Sheerness.
A special award was also presented by Mr Henderson to Owen Clinch, who recently cleared the play area at the Milton Creek Country Park of litter. Altogether he collected 7 bags full of litter.
Mr Henderson said,
“Reducing the amount of litter in our streets and parks is the quickest way in which we can make a real impact on our local environment. I started Litter Angels because I felt that encouraging primary school pupils to get into the habit of not dropping litter would lay the foundations for a cleaner tidier Britain when they grow up.
“This year’s Litter Angels competition was a great success with more schools than ever taking part. I would like to thank all those involved with the competition, particularly, McDonalds for their continued support.”