FAST food restaurant staff joined forces with schoolchildren to give different areas of Wearside a much-needed clean up.
McDonald’s franchisee Jasper Maudsley along with volunteer crew and management from six McDonald’s restaurants across Sunderland and Washington got together with Sunderland City Council and pupils from city schools to tackle litter across as well as planting flowers and seeds.
Volunteers embarked on the litter picking challenge to crackdown on unsightly rubbish in Grangetown, Mowbray Park and Ryhope.
The 149-strong group of volunteers, including Victoria Patterson from the council and pupils from Ryhope Junior School, Dame Dorothy and Hudson Road primary schools, Wessington School Glebe Village and Northern Saints Primary School donned high visibility jackets and used litter pickers to collect almost 100 bags of rubbish as they looked to encourage the community to take responsibility for keeping their neighbourhood litter-free and to take pride in their environment.
The group also planted flowers and seeds at Sunderland Cemetery, Hudson Road School, the Billy Hardy Cricket Club, Wessington Way, and Mowbray Park.
Sunderland City Council provided volunteers, tools and plants and gave an educational talk to the children about how plants grow.
The children also proved a dab hand as they got involved with painting fences.
Mr Maudsley said: “It was inspiring to see members of the community join forces to take action against litter.
“It’s vital that we all do our bit to tackle the issue - everyone from local businesses like mine, to the residents of Sunderland should make a commitment to helping protect the local environment.”
Now in its fourth year, this event was one of a number of McDonald’s clean-up events taking place across the country as part of Keep Britain Tidy’s anti-littering Love Where You Live campaign.
The campaign encourages the public to take action and help significantly reduce the amount of litter in their area by 2020.