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COMMUNITY: Local organisations pull together to clean up A444

9 March 2023

Community

COMMUNITY: Local organisations pull together to clean up A444

9 March 2023

Sky Blues in the Community, McDonalds ‘Ronald’s Rangers’ and Coventry Building Society all came together to help clean up the busy stretch of the A444 between the Coventry Building Society Arena and the M6 island this week.

The build-up of litter and waste had been noticed over the past few weeks after daily commutes to and from work and the general public making comments as they attended events and matches taking place at the stadium during the weekends.

Lynne Crosbie, Senior Community Specialist at Coventry Building Society, commented: “Everyone can be really proud of what was achieved yesterday. We were blessed with some great weather and a fantastic bunch of volunteers who got really stuck in and cleared up an unbelievable amount of litter. What a wonderful way to make a difference in the community – working alongside people from different companies and organisations to help improve the local area for everyone. You could say it’s all together, better!”

The team from McDonalds, known as Ronald’s Rangers, were also working hard alongside Coventry Building Society volunteers and Sky Blues in the Community. They commented: “It was a pleasure for our Ronald’s Rangers from Nuneaton Bermuda Park to team up with Sky Blues in the Community & Coventry Building Society as part of our ‘Keep Up The Clean’ initiative. Together we picked a huge haul of 167 bags of litter on the 7th March from two very neglected laybys on the A444.”

“Ronald’s Rangers was set up by local franchisee Sarah McLean and her teams across 21 restaurants throughout the East and West Midlands where McDonald’s crew work with volunteers and local businesses to help clean up the local area; this is in addition to daily litter picks in the vicinity of each restaurant.”

After a meeting to discuss how all three organisations could tackle the mound of never-ending litter that continued to pile up, they wasted no time in setting a date and getting started. Each business had a generous number of volunteers on the day, and after hours in the cold, hundreds of steps up and down the A444, endless litter picked and bagged – they filled over 160 bags!

David Busst, Head of Sky Blues in the Community, added: “It’s so rewarding and such a great feeling to bring local organisations together, along with fantastic volunteers giving up their time, to make our local area a nicer place for the whole community.”

As well as our three organisations coming together to support the litter pick, we also had a visit from Coventry City first team players, Jonathan Panzo and Brooke Norton-Cuffy. Players take part in visits to various groups and projects in the Coventry and Warwickshire area, often with Sky Blues in the Community and its partners, or at our various supporters' groups.

This happens once a month, subject to fixtures, where the entire first-team squad will be out and about in our local area meeting with supporters and local residents. 

Coventry City Chief Executive Dave Boddy: “The squad and all of the staff at the Club see player appearances as an important part of our engagement with the community that we are proud to represent and how we continue to build the excellent relationship that we enjoy with our supporters.

“These visits can have a huge impact on individuals and groups, or community projects such as this one.”

If you would like more information on the above subject or any enquiries, please contact us on: sbitc@sbitc.org.uk | 02476 786 349


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