Dunblane pupil recognised for commitment to cleaning up Scotland

Young girl from Dunblane presented with an award for her litter picking commitment.

We've presented Ella Ritch, aged 12, from Dunblane with the February Clean Up Scotland ‘Hero of the Month’ award in recognition of her commitment to remove litter from countryside all across Scotland.

Ella received the award in acknowledgement of her efforts to undertake a Litter Pick of Scotland. Ella has kept a blog about her many adventures which see her remove litter in her #2MinuteCleanUp bag. Be inspired by her blog.

Ella Ritch, commented: “I decided to do my Litter Pick of Scotland because I wanted to raise some money to help animals and also do something to help the environment. I really like being outside and having little adventures in interesting places. I don’t like seeing beautiful places spoiled by litter and it feels good to try and fix that. My whole family have helped me a lot.

“It’s amazing to get an award because I never expected something like that would happen. Anyone could be a litter hero - all you need is a bag and a little bit of time.”

The Hero of the Month award is supported by The Helping Hand Company who provide each Hero with a Clean Up kit - including a new Scottish litter picker and handy hoop.

Heather McLaughlin, presented the award. She said:

“I'd like to congratulate Ella for her outstanding efforts and enthusiasm. Ella is truly an inspiration to other young people who want to get involved in helping to care for the environment.

“Keep Scotland Beautiful recognises that there are volunteers all across Scotland like Ella, who are working very hard to clean up and green up their local area. Clean Up Scotland helps to support their efforts as well as recognising the contributions made by individuals with our Hero of the Month award.”

If you know a young person who you think deserves recognition for their work find out how to nominate them here.

26 February 2018

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