McDonald’s employees in Croydon teamed up with staff and Street Champions from Croydon Council’s ‘Don’t Mess with Croydon’ campaign and Croydon Business Improvement District (BID) to devote the equivalent of 80 hours of their normal working week to transforming the appearance of the Minster and its church hall.
Gardening, litter picking, sanding and painting of furniture were just some of the tasks the hard-working volunteers took on throughout the morning, overseen by ‘Don’t Mess with Croydon’ Street Champion Co-ordinator, Tracey Bellamy and Croydon BID’s horticultural contractors ‘Windowflowers’.
As a result, a total of almost 100 bags of litter and garden waste were removed from the site ahead of a visit from Croydon’s Mayor, Councillor Toni Letts who turned up to congratulate the team on their efforts. To finish off the job, Croydon BID’s cleaning team will be deep-cleaning the area on Friday (July 28th).
Kalpesh Patel, owner and franchisee of McDonald’s in Croydon said: “We are delighted to continue our commitment to Croydon by working with partners such as Croydon BID to deliver projects that emphasise our community spirit and determination to improve the place in which we work.”
Speaking on behalf of Croydon Minster, Denise Mead, parish administrator said: “I would like to thank everyone involved in the clean-up of the Minster grounds today.
“The team from McDonald’s did a fantastic job. They worked hard and have transformed parts of the churchyard and in particular the forecourt to the church hall, which we had lost the battle with.
“We can’t thank BID & McDonald’s enough for what they have achieved today. I know my husband, whose is a deputy churchwarden, and litter picks nearly every Saturday morning, will be thoroughly delighted with the results.
Croydon BID’s head of operations, Shaun Webster added: “We were delighted to work once again with McDonald’s and Croydon Council in supporting the ‘Love Where You Live’ campaign. Croydon BID’s focus on adding colour and vibrancy to the town centre with projects such as this supports our desire to improve standards day in, day out and we’re always keen to support any similar initiatives.”