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One of south Cumbria's biggest community campaigns, The Big Clean, is back for 2014

ONE of Furness’s biggest community campaigns, The Big Clean, is back for 2014.

Last year, dozens of schools, volunteer groups and businesses signed up to help keep the local community tidy in a mass clean-up of streets, woodlands and beaches across Barrow and Furness, south and central Lakes and south Copeland.

Sponsored by Centrica, the Big Clean is supported by several groups, including Kimberly-Clark, Furness Waste Consortium, Barrow Borough Council, South Lakeland District Council, Lake District National Park Authority, and Copeland Borough Council.

It aims to promote civic pride by giving community groups the tools to keep their environment safe.

Organisations who want to volunteer can get in touch with the Evening Mail to arrange clean-up days and collect equipment like gloves and litter pickers.

Jonathan Lee, editor and publisher of the Evening Mail, said: “We are grateful to our sponsors Centrica, key partners Kimberly-Clark, and all our partners who help to make this a major community event. We could not do it without them.

“I personally took part in a Big Clean event in Barrow last year and it was a hugely rewarding and satisfying experience. There is a real buzz about getting involved with like-minded people to make a real difference in your community.

“We hope the event again raises awareness about the huge costs of littering – whether environmental, social, or financial – and that it encourages people to think again, not litter their streets, parks and beaches, and instead take pride in their environment and surroundings.”

Crichton Waddell, mill manager at Kimberly-Clark, said: “The Big Clean aligns very well with both our environmental and community initiatives and we are delighted to be involved.”

Alan Barker, streetcare manager at Barrow Borough Council, added: “We will support the Big Clean in every way we can, including the health and safety, collection of collected waste, and ideas on how to make it bigger and better.”

This year’s campaign will run from today until October 26. The provisional dates for 2015 are March 2 to October 25.

Anyone who wants to take part in the Big Clean this year should contact news@nwemail.co.uk and mark your email Big Clean.

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