Thirty-five members of staff, from six separate restaurants of one of the global food-chains Croydon franchises, teamed up with staff and Street Champions from Croydon Council’s “Don’t Mess with Croydon” Campaign and Croydon Business Improvement District (BID) to clear around a quarter of a tonne of waste and litter from Reeves Corner.
Each participant selflessly offered four hours of their time, equating to well in access of over 120 hours of work in total, to clear away rubbish and weeds from the site. In total, 110 bags of rubbish were collected during the clean-up, on Tuesday, September 11, leaving the area looking spick and span.
Owner of the site Graham Reeves, said: “It’s amazing that McDonalds with the support of the local community around them have made the area so much cleaner and tidier.
“As a family run business, we greatly appreciate the time, the effort and dedication of the team of volunteers who have bought a previously neglected area back to life.”
The team’s diligent efforts were rewarded with a visit from The Mayor of Croydon Bernadette Khan, who came down to offer her gratitude and also to lend a hand.
The 'Love Where You Live' campaign is McDonald’s corporate project, encouraging staff to give back to the communities that they work in. This is the fourth year McDonalds, Croydon Council and Croydon BID have worked together on the project.
Ashok Patel, Operations Supervisor for McDonald’s in Croydon, praised his team and said they were a huge credit to franchisee Kalpesh Patel, who passed away in August.
“Our staff and restaurants are proud to take part in the Love Where You Live campaign,” he said. “Every year we strive to put back something that brings back pride into the local community.
“Our franchisee Kalpesh Patel would have been proud of all the staff that participated in the event, which we have contributed to over many years, and will continue to do so for many more to come.”
Councillor Stuart Collins, cabinet member for clean, green Croydon, said: “Thank you to everyone who gave up their time to help improve their community.
“Don’t Mess With Croydon helps to run a host of community litter picks throughout the year. If you want help to run a litter pick please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org”