A GROUP of aspiring young Furness leaders have set themselves the challenge of tackling litter across the area.

One hundred 10-year-olds from the popular Furness Future Leaders’ Academy summer school have created a litter campaign called ‘Litterally Stop It’.

The programme aimed at developing leadership, team work and communication skills has inspired the children to help tackle what has become a global issue.

The leadership academy is founded by Barrow and Furness MP John Woodcock and is in its fifth consecutive year at Furness College.

With the programme under way, the children are already in the process of tackling the issue of litter.

Next week they will be meeting with councillors to discuss their campaign and will also be campaigning at Tesco Extra to help engage the public.

Mr Woodcock said: “I am delighted that the future leader’s academy has gone from strength to strength since I founded it and am grateful to the charities and business’s who are backing this important educational initiative.

“We need to make sure we are doing everything we can to help our incredible young people reach their full potential so they can take advantage of the amazing high skilled jobs that will be available in Furness. The academy is designed to help students grow in confidence at a critically important point in their school journey.”