Children's charity litter-pick in Bangor

Date: 03/08/2017

Maesgeirchen Rainbows put on their high-vis jackets and gloves and took charge of their pickers and bags recently and went on a sponsored litter-pick between Ysgol Glan Cegin and Porth Penrhyn in Bangor.

 It was a hot day but it didn’t stop the team of five to seven year-old girls collecting bags of rubbish along the way. The girls were rewarded for their efforts with a drink and biscuits in Porth Penrhyn.

 The initiative was part of a fundraising event to raise money for Children with Cancer UK.

 Maesgeirchen Rainbows leader Angela Baird said:  “We thought it would be a great idea to raise money for the Children with Cancer UK charity by taking the girls on a litterpick and doing other sponsored activities.  

 “The girls were very keen to take part and understood why it’s important for us to think about other people and have a clean, tidy and safe local environment. We made a difference with our efforts and also had some fun along the way.”

 Local Gwynedd Councillors Nigel Pickavance and Dylan Fernley in a joint statement, said: “We’re very proud and happy with the Maesgeirchen Rainbow’s achievements in collecting rubbish for a great cause. They’re an example to us all of how we should be responsible with our litter and put it in a bin or take it home and recycle.  Congratulations to the girls and their leaders.”

 Gwynedd Council’s Highways and Municipal Cabinet Member, Councillor Gareth Wyn Griffith, added: “It’s great to see our youngest residents showing us all what we should do with our rubbish.  Great thanks must go to their leaders, who have obviously got imagination and initiative to guide the girls along sound principles of responsible citizenship, and also raising money for a very worthy cause too. Well done!”

 The equipment for the litter-pick was supplied by Gwynedd Council’s Tidy Towns scheme, which is funded by a Welsh Government and aims to improve the local environment.

Anyone found guilty of littering in any public place could face a court summons and a fine of up to £2,500. To report any instances of fly-tipping, contact Gwynedd Council’s street enforcement team on 01766 771000.

 For more information about Gwynedd Council's Tidy Towns scheme or if you would like to start a community group, contact the team on 01766 771000 or send an e-mail to if you’d like to request a community pack.