Malmesbury estate clean-up campaign gets royal boost from Camilla

Posted on Thursday 24th January 2019

An army of local volunteers from the Malmesbury estate in Bow got a royal boost today when they were joined on a litter pick by Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.

 

The newly formed Malmesbury Residents Association was supported by CleanupUK and AgeUK East London in organising the event and the Duchess of Cornwall metDuchess of Cornwall cleanup local dignitaries, school children from Central Foundation Girls’ School and representatives from the local community.

The Duchess is President of CleanupUK, a charity which focuses on helping people to make their communities more welcoming and helps local people to form litter-picking groups. After the litter picking event, the Duchess met local residents for some well-earned tea and cake in nearby Caxton Hall.

James Clark, Chair of Malmesbury Residents Association, said:
“It is fantastic the Duchess has come here. We are really proud of what we have achieved in such a short space of time and I encourage anyone to get involved in their local community – you really can make a difference. Simple things like litter picking can give people a sense of pride in where they live.”

Susmita Sen, Chief Executive of Tower Hamlets Homes, said:
“We want to encourage local people to be part of the community and Malmesbury Residents Association has shown how easy it is to be pro-active in empowering residents. It is great to see the Duchess here today in recognition of the work they have been doing.”

Neeta Kanagaratnam, CleanupUK Project Coordinator (Beautiful Boroughs) added:
"Today's event is a celebration of community spirit.  Of residents, who a few months ago came together to raise awareness of littering and are now planning more exciting events to make where they live a safer, greener and friendlier place.  These elements mirror what the Beautiful Boroughs Project is all about and we are proud to support this inspiring group."

If you’d like to set up a residents association or get involved with the community on your THH estate, get in touch with our community partnerships team by emailing community.partnerships@thh.org.uk 

For more information on CleanupUK and their projects visit their website http://www.cleanupuk.org.uk/

 

 

Posted on Thursday 24th January 2019