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Love it campaign set to make a big difference

Published: 26th Jul 2016

RESIDENTS, community groups and businesses across Redcar & Cleveland are committing to make a pledge to do one small thing and make a big difference in their communities as part of a new campaign.

The 'this is Redcar & Cleveland Love it' campaign is a positive, people powered initiative focusing on improving the environment and building pride in local communities.

It is all about loving where you live and caring for your surroundings in order to create a better environment.

Cllr Alec Brown, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, said: "Our environment belongs to all of us and deserves to be looked after and enhanced.

"People are proud of where they live and we want to create a social movement and buzz with residents, community groups and businesses to grow the number of people willing to take part and make the area an even better place.

"The 'Love it' campaign has the potential to empower the public to find ways to create positive changes that benefit the environment and economy and I would encourage everyone who loves where they live to join me in pledging their support."

Dot Ahmed, Secretary of Friends of Redcar Cemetery, commented: "It is really important to keep the borough clean and tidy because we need to have pride in the area and be proud of where we live. It is up to everybody to do their bit.

"My pledge would be to keep on going with Friends of Redcar Cemetery because after 10 years it is tricky to keep the momentum up, so my pledge is to do this for another 10 years."

The initiative will be launched with a pledge signing event on Redcar beach on Friday 29 July, followed by a series of clean ups and litter picks across the borough.

Iain Sim, Chief Executive of Coast and Country Housing, said: "Coast & Country is delighted to be supporting this important initiative.

"We are very proud of Redcar & Cleveland and our local communities and already support or manage a significant number of projects and schemes that enhance the lives of people across the area.

"To encourage individuals, businesses and organisations to come together to make a positive difference to their own neighbourhoods is a very positive move and we encourage everyone to get involved and do their 'small thing to make a big difference'."

Kirsten Donkin, PR and Marketing Manager from PD Ports, who are also supporting the campaign added:

"As one of the region's largest employers here at PD Ports we work hard to engage with the local community and create a positive impact where we can.

"Being part of the 'Love it' campaign very much complements our community vision.

"For a number of years we have been fully committed to supporting community projects and encouraging young people to build a career within the maritime sector here in the North-east through inspiring and engaging work experiences.

"As part of our pledge to this campaign we aim to inspire even more young people by collaborating with our co-founded charity, The High Tide Foundation along with like-minded businesses and educational facilities to capture their imaginations and lift the lid on the opportunities on their doorstep."

To find out more about 'Love it' and to make your pledge to do one small thing to make a big difference in your community, following the launch on Friday 29 July 2016, please visit www.redcar-clevelandloveit.co.uk

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