12 Clean Up Heroes of Christmas hailed for their hard work

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Twelve local heroes from all across Scotland have been presented with our prestigious Clean Up Scotland “Hero of the Month” award in 2018. The accolade celebrated their continued commitment to transforming their local communities as part of the national Clean Up Scotland campaign, and recognised the efforts of younger generations in helping to protect Scotland’s environment.

Every month, to support Scotland’s Year of Young People in 2018, we have presented Clean Up Scotland Hero Awards to those under the age of 26 or working with those under the age of 26.

Stretching from Dundee to Dunblane and Shetland to Skye, all of the 2018 Heroes have made a significant difference to their local communities by transforming public spaces, engaging and educating other local residents, and motivating even more people to get involved in the national Clean Up Scotland campaign.

Heather McLaughlin, one of our Community Projects Officers, commented:

“Scotland is full of local heroes, undertaking everyday tasks in order to benefit their local community and their environment. I am very proud of the 12 Heroes that Keep Scotland Beautiful awarded in 2018 and look forward to recognising even more in 2019.

“Every single hero has set a fantastic example and as a result of their behaviour they have motivated even more people to get involved in keeping Scotland beautiful. I would encourage everyone to nominate their local hero for 2019.”

Details of all of the 2018 Clean Up Scotland Heroes can be accessed here.

Amongst the 2018 Heroes were Amelia Oliver, aged 6, and Riley Macfarlane, aged 4, from Sauchie in Clackmannanshire, who were hailed as the youngest Clean Up Scotland heroes ever. Their mum Carrie Brennan commented:

“I am really proud of the children for receiving this award. They are really keen litter pickers and it is a great way to get them outside and spending quality time in the fresh air.

“Amelia loves litter picking ‘because it helps the earth and the animals’ and Riley always tells me how much fun he has had. The children recently asked me for equipment that they could use, and the Hero kit will be a big help in future litter picks.”

The Clean Up Scotland Hero award is supported by Helping Hand Environmental who provide each Hero with a Clean Up kit - including a Scottish litter picker and handy hoop.

Lindsay Richmond-Kearns, Communities Manager at Helping Hand Environmental, commented:

“We are delighted to have supported Clean Up Scotland’s Hero of the Month award again this year. So far, we have celebrated more than 55 heroes across Scotland and can’t wait to celebrate more heroes next year. This year, it was great shine a spotlight onto Scotland’s young litter picking heroes – well done to every single person who has helped clean up Scotland!”

The Clean Up Scotland campaign encourages everyone to get involved by visiting our Clean Up Scotland website to find out how you can get involved with the campaign’s ambition to make Scotland the cleanest country in Europe.

28 December 2018

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