Volunteers have been doing their best to clean up Walney as part of a national challenge.

Workers from St Mary's Hospice, along with supporters and their families, took to the beach at Sandy Gap to provide some much-needed care for the coastline.

This was done as part of the Million Mile Clean for the charity Surfers Against Sewage, which is taking place across the country.

A spokesperson from St Mary's commented: "The beach clean was organised by our own nurse Michaela Dawson as part of the hospice's wellbeing and social committee.

"The aim of the committee is to give back to the community and increase awareness in a relaxing environment where staff can bond.

"We were also keen to give back to the community who do so much to support us by helping to preserve our beautiful part of the country."

The Million Mile Clean was originally brought to life in 2021 with the ambition that 100,000 volunteers would clean 10 miles of blue, green or city space each year.

Closely tied to the UN Decade for Ocean Science, the project will run every year until 2030, ultimately mobilising one million people to clean over 10 million miles of UK landscape, with Walney just one of the areas to benefit.

Through the charity's Brand Audit, local cleaning attempts, such as the one conducted by the hospice, allows for the collection of evidence against companies believed to be polluting into different water bodies.

Activity registered with the charity ensures that the groups involved receive free cleaning equipment to help the process.

Whilst a national organisation, Surfers Against Sewage already has close ties to Cumbria.

Their ongoing tour across the country as part of their election campaigning began at Windermere on June 17.

This tour has seen them go from Edinburgh to St Agnes across the past two weeks as they look to further get their environmental conservation message across.