United Utilities supports Radcliffe Litter Pickers with essential tools for ongoing cleanup efforts

United Utilities has helped to replace equipment lost to a fire by the Radcliffe Litter Pickers. 

The community group sadly suffered a fire earlier this year at their storage facility. After working with the group and hearing about their story, the North West’s water company has stepped in to provide them with some new equipment. 

The group received their new kit this week and it included pickers, hoops, gloves, and wipes – all of which are necessary for the ongoing operations of the group.

After receiving the donation, the group, assisted by River Rangers from United Utilities, collected 21 bags of rubbish from around the river Irwell.   

It follows a successful river pick event in October, which saw United Utilities' River Rangers, along with 25 dedicated volunteers from Radcliffe Litter Pickers, work together to clean up the banks of the river Irwell. The collective effort resulted in the removal of 17 shopping trolleys and 56 bags of rubbish, including plastic waste, glass bottles, and various other debris.

Gill Smith from Radcliffe Litter Pickers said: “We appreciate the support from United Utilities and are very excited to work with the River Rangers again in the future. We were given a great bundle of cleaning tools that will help us with our upcoming projects and replaces many items damaged in the fire.”

Mark Sewell from United Utilities commented: “The team at United Utilities is pleased to step in and contribute to the impressive work Radcliffe Litter Pickers do, by providing them with new equipment. It's crucial to stand together and support each other, especially when faced with challenges that threaten the positive initiatives undertaken by local groups."