Responding to a request from Kent & Canterbury Hospital, a group of Rotarians from our Club, together with Peter Woolenough from Rotary Canterbury Sunrise and our Assistant District Governor Kevin Fielding, descended upon the K&C for a litter pick!
The Hospital recently contacted Rotarians, requesting help as the staff that would normally be litter picking were required elsewhere. So, ready as ever to try and help where we can, and supplied with “picking sticks”, gloves, masks and black sacks from the Hospital (but hindered by the wind which was blowing a gale), our Rotarians valiantly got to work yesterday.
Rotarians Brian Dobinson, John Bobba, Past President Viv Pritchard, ADG Kevin Fielding, Sunrise Rotarian Peter Woolenough, and our current President Alan Mepstead spent a total of two hours on a job that they described as "surprisingly satisfying".
Fortified by a nice hot coffee at "half time", the team managed to fill twelve large rubbish sacks with litter from the surroundings of the top car park alone - consisting of discarded old face masks, crisp bags, cigarette butts and - literally - dozens of empty gin bottles.
At the finish ADG Kevin Fielding (who is from the Rotary Club of Whitstable) suggested that our next pick - once restrictions allow - could be along the Crab & Winkle Way, with the Rotary Club of Whitstable starting at one end and the Rotary Clubs in Canterbury the other, meeting for a picnic half way. We'll keep you posted.
Picture: The litter pick team at Kent & Canterbury Hospital. Picture credit: Alan Meptsead/Rotary Club of Canterbury.
With thanks to Alan Mepstead for help with this report.