Teenagers showing the love for where they live!Published Wednesday, 12th July 2017
Rotherham teenagers Felicity and Lawrence Eady have been getting behind the Council’s Love Where You Live campaign as part of their Duke of Edinburgh Award programme.
Felicity (14) and Lawrence (15), of Wickersley, took part in three months of litter picking as part of the volunteer section of their Duke of Edinburgh Awards.
The pair took part in their first litter pick on a wet morning in March for Keep Britain Tidy’s Great British Spring Clean, in Bramley, and since then they have attended 12 separate litter-picking events with Love Where You Live and the Don Catchment Rivers Trust – clocking up 20 hours of volunteering!
Lawrence said: "I volunteered as I feel strongly about litter and wanted to join a local campaign that would have a positive impact on where I live."
Younger sister Felicity added: "I feel strongly about environmental issues and litter is one of the problems that really upsets me. I wanted to be proactive and actually get out there and tackle the problem myself.”
The teenagers said they enjoyed their volunteering as it was good to see the work they had done making a difference to the local area.
“It was very satisfying knowing that our volunteering hours were put to such a positive use, which benefited the whole community,” said Felicity.
Lawrence added: “It was a really rewarding job to do. I enjoyed being out in the fresh air, and I felt proud that I could make a difference. It was nice to speak to members of the public and explain to them that we were volunteers and were supporting a local campaign.”
Rotherham Council’s Cabinet Member for Waste, Roads and Community Safety, Cllr Emma Hoddinott, said: “Felicity and Lawrence are great champions for young people in Rotherham.
“I met them during a local clean up in the Bramley area and they were full of enthusiasm. I wish them every success in their Duke of Edinburgh Awards.”